BMW Already Testing a New Car in its i-Range

According to an online report by Automobil Produktion, an online German news site, BMW boss, Norbert Reithofer, has confirmed that BMW is currently testing the next car in their i-Range line up. Hinted to be a mid-sized van, similar to 2 Series Active Tourer, the vehicle would open its i-Range up to a wider audience.

This could be the much rumoured i5, a larger, more family-friendly version of the i3 – although this is just speculation on our part.

Would you like to see an electric version of the 2 Series Active Tourer?

Would you like to see an electric version of the 2 Series Active Tourer?

This report does go against comments from earlier this year when BMW’s production Chief Harald Krueger told Automotive News that the German automaker won’t be adding any new models to its lineup until it knows what demand really is for plug-in cars.

However, sales for the i3 and i8 have been going better than expected. In mid-April BMW confirmed they had increased production of the i3 ahead of the US launch to keep up with demand. While the i8 has already sold out for this year.

The i3 and i8 have been gaining a lot of interest. Just this weekend James May, one of the trio that heads up the UK automotive show Top Gear, confirmed that he has bought an i3 REx and that he sees electric propulsion as the future for cars. This goes against his two counterparts who have always looked upon electric cars as a bit of an oddity.

As the number of electrically powered cars that BMW makes increases, it is likely that the costs associated with each one will come down. The German manufacturer will be able to take advantage of the economies of scale.

A third electric car from BMW would make them join Renault at the top of the pile when it comes to automotive companies ranked by how many production electric cars they make.

Would you consider buying an electric version of the 2 Series Active Tourer? Do you want to see larger electric cars or do they seem too much like an efficiency nightmare to you? Let us know below.


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  • CDspeed

    If it’s going to be a slightly larger i3, I’ll officially loose interest in BMW as a company, I like the i3, I’m buying one, but why would a company known for its sport sedans only make electric hatchbacks. Has any one told BMW about Tesla, I think they should know : )

    • Dennis Pascual

      I’ve been a BMW fan for over a decade and have tried to tell them about Tesla… They just can’t help themselves. I have an i3 on order that I will probably pass on. It just went into build yesterday and should be in California in a few weeks.nnnMaxed out i3 BEV (used to be a REX order, but just hate to commingle my ICE with my EV in the same car) in Ionic Silver with whatever the dark interior leather was called Mega, Giga, whatever)nnnI’ve grown to like the new Mini Superleggera that they’ve announced and its supposed to be all EV. That’s more a Roadster replacement than a Model S one though.

      • CDspeed

        I too am a BMW guy waiting for my fully loaded ionic silver i3, my i3 will be my 9th BMW. I also grew up with them, and learned to drive in a 740i. I was blown away when I saw the Mini Superleggera, it looks like Jaguar’s 1950’s race car the D-Typenand of course the fact that it’s electric.nn I still don’t get where BMW is going with the i brand, they seem dedicated yet holding back. It’s easy to see why Tesla is doing well, they’ve committed to build their cars to the same standard that any other manufacturer would. But the i3 doesn’t even have power seats, I’ve never had a new BMW without power seats. I even thought the gift I got at the i3 test drive event was underwhelming, it was an Eco friendly Burlap lined bag that smelled so bad I threw it out. The gift I got this week at the 4-series test drive event was a reusable shopping bag with a BMW embroidered ball cap, and a twenty dollar coupon for shop BMW USA .com inside. It surprises me, all that effort, but then they’re only willing to go so far.