BMW Might Be Planning A Mini-Based i1

While the BMW i3 may not receive a replacement, the German automaker is allegedly planning an all-new model to replace it, dubbed the i1.

Despite what its name suggests, the BMW i1 would actually be larger than the current i3 but slightly smaller than the next-generation 1-Series, Spain’s Motor.es reports.

It is claimed that this all-new model will be based on the same platform as the Mini Cooper Electric and like its British cousin, receive power from a single electric motor powering the front wheels. If this is the case, the i1 should offer a similar range and performance specs to the Mini which, at this stage, still remain a mystery.

Many more BMW i models are being developed

In 2017, BMW acquired the rights to the i1 through to i9 and iX1 through i9X nameplates, indicating that it is preparing for an onslaught of all-electric models. Of course, it is unlikely that all of these names will be used by future BMW models but there’s no doubting the brand’s intent to expand its fleet of i models.

One all-new i model which has been confirmed for production is the i4. Set to act as BMW’s rival to the Tesla Model 3, the i4 was previewed by the iVision Dynamics Concept from last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. It will have an electric range of up to 435 miles (700 km) and will hit the production line in 2020, if all goes to plan.

BMW is also developing its flagship iNEXT and an electric crossover dubbed the iX3.

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  • Harry Nimmergut

    PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!! BMW, MB,Audi, Range Rover…All these Euro lux brands slicing and dicing niches into microscopic bits is driving me nuts. Soon, buyers in all categories will have 20,000 choices to choose from and no one will want to buy a new vehicle.

    • LWOAP

      That’s the problem right there. They have to fill every niche they can find. Mercedes Benz and BMW are some of the worst offenders.

  • Six_Tymes

    THE GOOFIEST looking car in years. If this had another brand on it, every person on the net would laugh at it. How could anyone not just because it is made by BMW. Its freakin MR. MaGOO 2018

  • smartacus

    this will be the epic fail heard ’round the world

  • anonymous scribe

    The i3 looks stupid outside and have you seen the inside!!! And such a lot of money for a small car with very limited range. You can have a petrol battery charger fitted which defeats the whole point. Just get a small petrol car car like the KIA Picanto and never have to worry about running out of juice.

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