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Exclusive: Major Changes Coming for Electrified BMW’s i Brand

Specialty models like i3, i8 will be phased out, head of brand reveals.

by on Nov.29, 2017

BMW mobility chief Klaus Froehlich with the new i8 Roadster, Next Vision concept and i3s.

BMW is using this week’s L.A. Auto Show to reveal its new i8 Roadster, the latest in a dedicated line-up of plug-based models that also includes the new i3s battery-electric city car.

But the debut marks something of a swan song for BMW i – at least in the form the brand was initially conceived. The original goal was to use it to market a line-up of specially designed plug-in hybrids and pure battery-electric, or BEV, models. But in a major shift reflecting the rapid evolution of battery technology, the head of BMW’s electric mobility program told, those dedicated models will be “phased out.”

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“For us, electrification is the new normal,” explained Klaus Froehlich, during a conversation at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Going forward, he continued, Going forward, “We will not do dedicated architectures. Instead “all fully-electric models will be (badged) BMW i.”


BMW Unveils Updated 5-Series GT and Concept X4

Broadening the range.

by on Nov.20, 2013

Like the bigger X6, the BMW Concept X4 aims to blend the genes of a sport-ute and a sport coupe.

The coming of the new BMW 4-Series Convertible created most of the pre-show buzz around the German maker’s appearance at the annual Los Angeles Auto Show. But BMW also has two other significant models, the Concept X4 and 5-Series Gran Turismo, making their North American debuts in L.A.

The BMW Concept X4 is meant to offer a preview of the future of the German maker’s X family, BMW designers looking to find a genetic balance, if you will, between a sport-ute and a coupe.  The show car gives a good hint as to what will come when the production X4 launches down the line at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina next year.

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In addition to its long hood, short overhangs, swept roof and cab-rearward layout, the overall appearance of the Concept X4 is intended to capture the sportiness of a traditional BMW coupe, with familiar styling cues such as the split kidney grille and stylized twin circular headlights.

That’s not to say that the coupe-like crossover is just a design retread.


BMW Set to Reveal New 4-Series Convertible

Global debut set for LA Auto Show.

by on Oct.14, 2013

The upcoming launch of the convertible will round out BMW's new 4-Series line-up.

The new BMW 4-Series is about to go topless.  We got our first look at the Bavarian maker’s 4-Series last January when the compact coupe stormed onto the stage at the Detroit Auto Show. The convertible will make its debut at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

The 4-Series is the ever-so-slightly larger and sexier replacement for the Coupe and Convertible versions of the old BMW 3-Series. The split reflects the approach first adopted with the 6-Series in which premium 2-door and cabriolet models adopt an even model name, sedans an odd number.

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The new BMW 4-Series Coupe has been getting kudos for a more muscular and well-balanced design than the old 3-Series 2-door, with a fastback roofline that is clearly reminiscent of the bigger and more expensive 6-Series. The 4-Series Convertible maintains the new Coupe’s basic dimensions, meaning it will also be longer, wider and roomier than the outgoing 3-Series Cabriolet.


First Look: BMW i3 Coupe Concept

Bavarian maker’s new battery-car family grows bigger.

by on Nov.28, 2012

BMW imagines a new Coupe Concept version of the i3 battery car for the LA Auto Show.

BMW’s new battery-car brand has yet to sell a single car but if the i3 Coupe Concept at the LA Auto Show is any indication, the new line will be getting bigger in a hurry.

Officially designated a “study,” the i3 Coupe has a lot in common with the rest of what BMW hopes will become an entirely new line-up of environmentally friendly models, starting with the upcoming launch of the bigger i8 plug-in.

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One thing all of the new BMW “i” models will share is the use of lightweight carbon fiber bodies designed to maximize range, as well as performance.  With the i3 Coupe Concept, the maker has adopted what it bills as a new “stream flow” design concept that is meant to convey “an instant impression of lightness, transparency and streamlined aerodynamic qualities.”