BMW's Electric Offensive Begins

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While the majority of the car makers have plans for electrification, one brand has lagged behind. BMW looked promising after i3 and i8 made production, but the brand has been rather quiet, until now. 

After the BMW i3 and i8 came to life and proved that electrification was a plausible lifestyle, the brand went a bit quiet. However, BMW is still backing the electrical horse and released photos and information regarding its new electrically-powered vehicles. At the time of writing, there were 3 electric BMWs undergoing testing in Sweden.

What you see here are the BMW iX3, i4 and iNext being put through their paces in the cold. The freezing weather is a great test for batteries, electric motors, suspension setups and traction control, and much more. First up, we have the BMW iX3 which boasts the 5th generation of BMW electrification tech. With a claimed range of over 400 km, the iX3 takes the fight to the Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC. The iX3 will be assembled by the BMW Brilliance Automotive Joint Venture at the Chinese production location in Shenyang.

Next up we have the BMW i4. This 4-door coupe is positioned in the premium midrange segment and has a claimed range of over 600 km. BMW is claiming a 0-100 kph time of 4 seconds and a top speed of over 200 kph. It will be assembled at BMW's factory in Munich in 2021.

Finally, the BMW iNext. It's a luxury Sports Activity Vehicle and BMW claims it has the technology for highly automated driving (Level 3). Based on the BMW Group's future modular construction system, it's going to form the basis and face of BMW's future strategy. A range of 600 km is the claim and this flagship electric vehicle will be assembled at BMW's Dingolfing factory in 2021.

Further Reading

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BMW i3 and i8 Roadster (2018) Launch Review

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