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.