BMW is mulling over the idea of adding a third model to its fuel efficient ‘i’ sub-brand, Automotive News Europe reports.
Speaking to the news outlet, BMW Group R&D chief Klaus Froehlich said, “We are still in the strategic research phase where we brainstorm.” Froehlich adds that the company is currently contacting potential customers and organising workshops in order to gather ideas and pave the way for the next ‘i’ vehicle.
Froehlich also dismissed rumours the new model would be based on the outgoing X5. According to him, the ‘i’ family is a unique range of low-emission vehicles that carries its own identity – the company will not repackage an existing BMW model to conceive a new ‘i’ vehicle.
In the meantime, the company will focus on improving the existing i8 and i3. “We have a minimum 20 percent battery density improvement every three years, thus over the i3 and i8’s life cycle, we will offer more performance, more range or a combination of the two,” Froehlich was quoted as saying.
That said, retrofitting the new batteries into the outgoing i8 and i3 will not be possible since the units are integrated and bonded into the chassis.