Tesla Model 3 Watch Out, All-Electric BMW 3-Series Reportedly Headed To Frankfurt

BMW’s electric vehicle lineup is currently limited to the i3 but that could soon be changing.

According to Germany’s Handelsblatt, BMW will take direct aim at the Tesla Model 3 by unveiling an electric version of the 3-Series at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Details are limited at this point but the report indicates the model will have a range of 248 miles (400 km). If that number is accurate, the vehicle could eclipse the Model 3 which is slated to have a range of at least 215 miles (346 km).

It remains unclear if the car will be a concept or a production model but it will likely be based on the next-generation 3-Series. The new model is expected to be 2.3 inches (6 cm) longer than its predecessor and about 88 lbs (40 kg) lighter thanks to its new CLAR underpinnings.

Besides the electric variant, BMW is reportedly working on at least two different plug-in hybrids which could have an electric-only range of up to 31 miles (50 km). We can also expect an assortment of familiar petrol and diesel options with three-, four-, and six-cylinders.

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  • William

    BMW has lost it

  • TheBelltower

    If the an EV 3 series can have the handling of a typical BMW sedan, the responsiveness of the i3, the range of a Tesla Model S, without the utterly stupid price tag of a Panamera e-hybrid, then it’ll sell like crazy.

  • YEAH LIKE THIS WILL BE ANYWHERE NEAR AFFORDABLE.

  • Kash

    And last week the rumors were an all electric 4 series GT would be BMW’s answer to the Model 3…

  • HotnCool

    And still TESLA leading the race until now

  • AstonMartin

    Good move by BMW.

  • Bash

    If the price is right, this could work..

  • fabri99

    Checkmate, Tesla!

  • Retrofitting an EV system in a car originally designed to have a traditional engine does not make a Model 3 rival. They are two different cars. Can’t wait to see how much this will cost, my guess is that it will make no financial sense over an oil burning 3 series.

    • xDRAN0x

      Indeed, the current 3 series hybrid from BMW is a joke

  • getoffme

    When the big boys play the EV game, bye bye Tesla stocks.

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