We had heard rumors that BMW had initiated a venture to give you a direct rival for the Volkswagen ID.3 and different electrical hatchbacks in the identical class. That mannequin was going to finish up being known as the i1, however in line with a latest German media report, the Bavarian automaker has pulled the plug on the venture, as a way to focus extra on creating bigger electrical sedans and SUVs.
The i1 would have finally been a alternative for the extremely widespread i3; the latter gained’t get a direct alternative, however the i1 would have been roughly the identical measurement, even when a very completely different (extra standard) car. Granted, it will have been a dearer proposition than the Volkswagen, however even with the worth premium, Europeans would nonetheless in all probability have purchased it.
Now, Automobilwoche informs us that BMW has ceased growth of the i1 as a result of such a mannequin exactly as a result of it will have solely actually been appropriate for Europe, however not different necessary markets reminiscent of North America or China (the place SUVs and huge sedans respectively are way more widespread and would offer much better return on funding for the automaker).
In keeping with the identical supply article, BMW hasn’t utterly deserted the thought of launching a brand new small EV. It’s now reportedly engaged on a barely bigger i2 EV sedan, though growth work on mentioned mannequin shouldn’t be very superior – the supply signifies that this mannequin simply exists ‘ on paper ‘ proper now.
It might very nicely be a fully-electric model of the two Sequence lengthy wheelbase (solely offered in China proper now), or it could possibly be a very completely different mannequin based mostly on completely different underpinnings. We’ll simply have to attend and see which resolution BMW goes for, if this venture does transfer previous the ‘ on paper ‘ stage.
BMW will nonetheless reportedly launch an iX1 compact electrical crossover. It’ll principally be a BEV model of the X1 ICE crossover, much like what the iX3 is to the X3. To us, this concept of abandoning the compact hatch however going ahead with a high-riding mannequin with an identical footprint is similar to what one other (rival) German automaker did.
It’s possible you’ll do not forget that earlier than we even knew the EQA was going to be a crossover, Mercedes-Benz first previewed that mannequin with a hatchback, an electrical model of the A-Class. Nonetheless, the EQA hatchback was dropped very very comparable causes (primarily that crossovers are simply extra widespread nowadays) and the EQA grew to become the electrical model of the GLA.