BMW has no imminent plans for next i generation
Recent comments from German luxury car manufacturer BMW indicate that the i series will not be getting updated until at least 2020. Even though the i8 and the i3 were put in the showrooms in a relatively short space of time, BMW will not be rushing into the development process; in fact, BMW has reportedly only just started to brainstorm the specifications of the third car in the i series.
In line with the development of the first two i cars, the third - when it eventually appears - will be designed in a completely independent way from other BMW models. The head of BMW's research and development (R&D) department, Klaus Froehlich, said that the i sub-brand was built to change the perception of how a vehicle with low emissions should perform and look. There are therefore no projects in the pipeline to rebrand existing models and rename them as i models, which pours cold water on the idea that the X5 xDrive40e hybrid SUV plug-in will be morphed into an i5 model.
What is more likely to happen in the near future is that advances made in technology used in the i models will be rolled out for other cars in the BMW line-up. Use of carbon fibre technology for weight reduction will more than likely be used in other models.
With all the luxury car manufacturers involved in the development of electric vehicles, 2020 does seem to be a long time to wait for the next i generation.