BMW To Use A Single Platform For All Post-2020 Models

BMW will build all of its vehicles around a common flexible architecture from 2020 onwards.

During the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show, member of BMW’s board of management Klaus Fröhlich revealed that the automaker’s electric, plug-in hybrid and internal combustion engine powered models will share the same platform.

Speaking to Jalopnik, BMW i brand chief Robert Irlinger said it’s logical for the brand to build all its models on a flexible architecture due to the “insecure” future EVs and combustion-engine vehicles.

The new platform will be so flexible that it will even support front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive configurations.

When modifying the architecture between an internal combustion engine car and an EV, for example, BMW will swap out the floor pan, retain the same front and rear crash structures and suspension mounting points, and fit the necessary batteries and electric motors.

One of the company’s most eagerly anticipated new-generation vehicles will be the i5. We expected to see the all-electric sedan at the Frankfurt Motor Show but instead, the firm revealed the i Vision Dynamics concept, a precursor to the i5.

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  • smartacus

    oh i believe it.

    upcoming 8 Series already looks more similar to an X6
    than the original 8 Series looked to an original 6 Series.

  • Kaisuke971

    It’ll be interesting to see what direction the group will take, if Mini and RR will always use that platform or if each brand will have its own platform but of course with some shared design elements and/or building methods

  • Dennis James

    One size fits all ? It remains to be seen if it’s a good approach…it will take some genius engineering to avoid compromises.

    • Six_Tymes

      true

    • Vanquish

      The A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, and Q5 are all based on the same platform….not sure how it would take “genius” to do this isnt a new concept SEVERAL companies are doing something very close

      • Dennis James

        With Audi, you have to carry a ruler to tell which is which and all of them are made so that they carry you from A to B in some kind of premium fashion, and that’s about it. I’m not sure BMW has this in mind, each of their car has a unique personality, or at least that was the case in the recent past.

        • Vanquish

          Well thats an opinion…..9 out of 10 most German luxury cars are boring and made to look like smaller larger and crossover versions of the other cars in the lineup so not sure how BMWs some how are different from that the new 5 looks like the new 7 the new X3 looks like an updated smaller X5 im sure the new X5 will look like a larger version of the new X3 its just how German luxury cars are. My point was the fact the post said it would take genius engineering when the REALITY is it will not because alot of automakers are already doing something very similar and have been for some time now….Most BMWs now share a common platform….

          • Dennis James

            Why do you think this wasn’t done since 20 years ago ? The technology was not advanced enough ? No, it’s because each car needed to be different. Now when everyone thinks about cost cutting in order to finance the electric car R&D (see the Mercedes and BMW statements – they want to save 4.5 billion and 2.5 billion respectively for this purpose), they are really cutting costs. These new “universal platforms” are full of compromises, but since many do it, such compromises have become acceptable.

            Of course, with some genius work, things can be done such that some personality is preserved.

            As an example, look at the BMW B58 engine and its technical documentation (there is a PDF floating on the Internet). In order to share as many parts as possible with the diesel counterpart, there are many compromises made in the way the engine works (such as an unusually high compression ratio for a gasoline engine), all explained in the technical info.

      • Dustin

        Are the A1 and Q7 on the same platform, though?

        So yes, I agree it will take some genius engineering to get the upcoming FWD 1-series and 600hp 5200lb AWD X6M to share a platform.

    • Marty

      You can’t make modern cars without genius engineering 🙂
      But it’s more like they are using a common system of building blocks than “one size fits all”. “Shared architecture” is a much better term than “the same platform” because the latter usually makes people think of actual chassis.

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