BMW, the luxury automaker is gearing up to expand its range of electric vehicles. The company plans to add small and high-end cars along with SUVs in a bid to benefit from the shift of the industry towards battery-powered vehicles. The automaker has obtained naming rights for the series i1 to i9 and iX1 to iX9, to expand its i-badged product offerings.
Currently, BMW offers two i-badged cars- the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car and the complete electric i3 city hatchback. The plan is to add at least two new battery-powered cars, one of which may be named i5 and the other likely to named i9. BMW names the SUVs and crossover using the X designation hence the new SUV offerings would be named using the iX label.
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BMW’s new electric vehicle is planned to be an X3 variant to be named iX3. Following this, the company plans to launch the full electric vehicle X3 in 2022. While the other electric vehicle variants are yet to be disclosed, the brand’s electric flagship is likely to be named i9. BMW’s i brand flagship electric car, which has been code-named iNext is likely to roll into production at its Dingolfing plant in Germany in 2021.
In yet another offering, BMW’s 8-series coupe, also manufactured in Dingolfing and which is due to go on sale next year may also receive an electric version to be named i8 and a crossover version to be named iX8. While details of electric vehicle version of 8 series have not been revealed, the 8 series will certainly have a high-performance variant named as M8.