BMW’s i3 and i8 May Not Live Past Their Current Generation

The i3 and i8 are two very important cars for BMW. Not only did they kick off the ‘i’ range of electrified vehicles, but have offered the brand a good chunk of the ‘eco’ segments and put it among the leaders of electrification.

Despite that, both models might actually be discontinued after the current generation is phased out. Quoting unnamed BMW officials, AutoNews reports that an official decision has yet to be taken.

The publication also spoke to the BMW chief of electric powertrain, Stefan Juraschek, at the New York Auto Show last week. “These cars are very unique. These two cars were not [developed] as a family that we can expand in different [ways], or maybe five or 10 derivatives,” Juraschek commented, indicating that there successors are, most probably, not included in BMW’s plans.

Even if the i3 and i8 won’t get a replacement, the two of them won’t go anywhere anytime soon. In fact, the former was updated for the 2018MY, welcoming an i3S variant, and so was the i8, adding the Roadster to the lineup.

Either way, Munich’s i sub-brand will welcome the i4, probably after 2020. The zero-emission saloon was previewed by the i Vision Dynamics Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and will be joined by the production version of the iNext study.

The i4 will challenge the likes of cars such as the Tesla Model 3, whereas the iNext is an electric SUV that will go after the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace.

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  • roy

    iKnow

  • eb110americana

    I suspect that neither made money for BMW, but that likely was not the intention. Think of them more as level 2 proof-of-concept cars. What BMW learned not only from their hybrid and electric powertrains, but also from mass-produced carbon fiber construction was the real dividend all along. We now see more hybrid versions of their standard lineup, and an increase in optional carbon fiber offerings for things like roofs. Newer, larger volume replacements will likely follow–and then those too, will be followed by more mainstream models years later.

    • You couldn’t said it more better. It is a proof-of-concept type of vehicle and i3 is a clever little city car that I love, especially the range extender version.

    • agree.
      There was an interview (can’t find the source anymore), where the director explained that the plan was for BMW group was two-fold:
      1. to tap into an unreached (before the Model S) market: defining both electric and luxury. This is clever in that the perception of luxury is biaised but luxury is in the human mind associated with a constant and persistant effort (over time). See all the maisons who boast about the year of their foundation. When the electric market will be mature, BMW will be able to say: “We have been their before everyone else”.
      2. invest in mass production (like you cleverly pointed out) of high end material and make the efficient dynamic initiative a reality (low eletrification and so on) that cascades down to all BMW brands. This constitute a valuable asset that is not visible on the end customers eye but is necessary facing the tech advance of the VAG.

  • Nihar

    The crossover craze is really getting out of hand. What happens when obesity keeps increasing? Crossovers will have to become wider. Then what? Will the crossover craze become the bus craze?

    Oh! I forgot! We can’t call them busses. We’ll be calling them something else…

  • smartacus

    oh i hope to God they won’t live past current generation!
    That would be a baby step back to normal.

  • I’VE ONLY SEEN MAYBE ONE i8 AND THE i3’S I’VE SEEN LOOK RIDICULOUS.

    • Jay

      Lol well based on you’re anecdote… so what? I see a lot of i8s

      • GOOD FOR YOU.

        • Jay

          I agree. Bad for you.

          • LUCK ME I SAW TWO i8’S AT THE CAR SHOW TODAY. STILL DON’T SEE THE APPEAL.

  • Leconte Dave

    Good

  • Bo Hanan

    In years to come these will be 2 of the most ridiculous cars BMW has ever made.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    is it just me, or is the i8 one of the ugliest cars on the road. whenever I see one, I’m like………..DAMN THAT SHIT IS UGLY

    • Jay

      Yeah it’s just you. That car is a future classic. It’s uncomfortable as hell but count on it.

      • Mynameis Taylor

        I do think it’lll be future classic. and the low numbers will make it desirable. But it’s not a good looking car.

    • alexxx

      Just you…,😂

  • Tumbi Mtika

    iM okay with this.

  • DanSemering

    I’m just curious how much money BMW loose on these toys!!

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