There are only a handful of major auto shows left this year but BMW Chairman Harald Krüger has said we can expect to see some new concepts.
Speaking at the company’s annual accounts press conference, Krüger said “Over the course of the year, we will present a number of pure-electric concept vehicles that will all go into series production, like: The first all-electric BMW – the iX3.” Later in the presentation, the executive said “In 2020, BMW will launch the iX3. More on that soon at the auto show in Beijing.”
Krüger’s statement seems to suggest the company could preview the iX3 with a new concept at the Beijing Motor Show next month. Prototypes have been spotted undergoing testing on a handful of occasions and they look largely identical to the standard model. Despite the similarities, the electric crossover has a charging port on the front fender and it eschews an exhaust system as it is no longer need. The model also appears to have a reduced ride height in order to minimize drag and increase range.
The production model is expected to have an assortment or other styling tweaks including a revised grille. It could be similar to the one on the i Vision Dynamics concept which will eventually go into production as the i4.
Besides talking about electric vehicles, Krüger said the company will launch “eight new models in the highly-profitable luxury segment” over the next 18 months. The 8-Series coupe will be launched this summer and it will eventually be joined by convertible and gran coupe variants as well as the “three corresponding M models.” The other luxury models include the X7 and Rolls-Royce Cullinan.