Next BMW i Model Rumored To Launch In 2016


Could The BMW i3 Coupe Concept Be The Next BMW i Offering?

Could The BMW i3 Coupe Concept Be The Next BMW i Offering?

One Thing Is For Certain - All Future BMW i Models Will Employ Carbon Fiber

One Thing Is For Certain – All Future BMW i Models Will Employ Carbon Fiber

BMW holds trademarks for i1 through i9, so we’re sure more BMW i models are on the way (or at least planned), but how soon will the next BMW i arrive?

In 2016, according to Automobil Produktion (via Google Translate):

“The time seems ripe to take the next step.  AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTION confirmed a member of the board, one with respect, claims another i- model already in the test phase. Other sources peddle , the new i – model might already be on the market in 2016 and would be a family-oriented vehicle with a similar design as the new BMW 2er Active Tourer.”

“This mid-size van would combine high everyday practicality with a futuristic design and innovative technology and rather address a broader customer base.”

By van, we assume crossover is the more accurate term used in the US.

If true, then look for BMW’s next i model to be a crossover, which will debut in 2016.

Source: Automobil Produktion

Category: BMW


11 responses to "Next BMW i Model Rumored To Launch In 2016"
  1. pjwood says:

    They’re the ones listening. So, lets have it!

    i – means ground up EV build
    200mi battery – requires ground up build
    just sayin’

  2. James says:

    Two ways to blow the assumptions made by this article out of the water: 1) It matters not what trademarks are obtained by BMW, as automakers oft reserve these routinely to hedge against competitors naming their products similarly. Take Ford for example. They defend their model names and trademarks fiercely as shown by the constant protective actions taken by their immense legal team to protect marques they’ve held for 90 years or more, such as their warnings to Tesla to abandon “Model E” as the nameplate for their generation 3 product. Take the numerous counterstrikes Ford makes to protect their sacred “F-150” truck designation. A few years back, Toyota’s first name choice for their second entry in the big pickup truck war was “T-150”, to which Ford bristled and sent lawyers a-callin’, which caused Toyota to back down quickly and come up with “Tundra”, instead.

    GM has most recently ( re-trademarked ) several of it’s older nameplates to prevent other companies from using them – “Electra” from their Buick line was a major one that comes to mind and causes great speculation. This is not to say GM is going to manufacture a product named Electra, but protects their options and brand-identity to avoid conflict and confusion moving forward. So BMW protecting the “i” identifier, and that makes sense – as today, the highly-overused “i” label has been used to indentify everything from electric massagers, to tablets and security systems.

    During i3 and i8’s various auto shows introductions on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, BMW’s executives, including it’s CEO, stated there were no more “i” cars in the pipeline in the foreseeable future. Why? Because, they said, the current models would fill the need to confront international eco zones in cities and countries and ever-increasing C02 and MPG mandates worldwide. They said they would use the plastic-carbon sandwich ( CFRP ) material they developed in their current conventional ICE vehicle line to save weight and increase mileage. BMW makes a whole ton of ICE gas-burners, including a legion of ICE CUVs in every size. i3 is not selling like hotcakes. I do not believe it ever will. A $50,000, 80-mile BEV/120-mile EREV will see LEAF-type success.

    2) Eric also gives this publication: Automobil Produktion a whole lot of credit for what merely is a guess they’ve printed based upon the purchase of these trademarks. Here in the USA, many auto websites watch the trademark and patent office like hawks. They too, print every time a major auto brand purchases rights to use a brand-name. It often never results in an actual new product – rather it’s done for brand/territorial protection.

    1. FFY says:

      “Eric also gives this publication: Automobil Produktion a whole lot of credit for what merely is a guess they’ve printed based upon the purchase of these trademarks.”

      In fact, the linked Automobil Produktion article doesn’t even mention the trademarks (this is just Eric’s addition). I speak German. The linked article says that a member of BMW’s board confirmed that another i-model is in the “evaluation phase” (I’d interpret this as “we are seriously looking at it”).

  3. James says:

    i3 was an experiment by BMW to prepare a manufacturing material to lighten their much profitable explode-and-burn products. Each traditional automaker will begrudgingly add electrification is small increments ( hybridization ) to satisfy governments until they see a sharp upswing in consumer demand. That will not happen unless A) Tesla’s Gigafactory is built, and B) Model III begins to sell in 100,000+ unit volume. These are both highly tentative events today and in NO WAY a given. Tesla has a long road to hoe, as they say…We still have to see if Model X will fly with it’s Falcon-Wings or fall from the sky like Icarus. If Model X
    soars and Tesla builds a Gigafactory with piles of cash obtained from bunches of eager investors or visionary politicians, this will truly take time…A LOT OF TIME.

    This said, 2016, 2017 or 2018 is a very fantastical prediction for BMW and others to jump on the BEV bandwagon. BEVs scare the crud out of these guys – as they are expensive to build and profit margins are low.

    1. Mike I says:

      BMW has to develop a product execution plan. As the i-series models go into production all the component pipeline has to scale with it. We have already seen that BMW started their CFRP production with small parts like hoods, roofs, spoilers, etc. on the M line of cars. Then they took a big step with the i3 and i8 where the full passenger body structure was made of CFRP. They already announced that they will double the CF capacity at SGL Moses Lake to allow future production increases. As they introduce more models and ramp up to higher production levels of existing models, everything from Carbon Fiber to batteries to inverters has to scale up with it. So, it’s not just that they are going along begrudgingly (which many automakers are), there is real work to be done to enable the truly mass production of electrified automobiles, be they BEV, PHEV, or regular hybrids.

    2. Rob Stark says:

      Tesla has already collected $2.3 Billion from institutional investors on Wall Street.

      Tesla GF will also receive the typical government funding for these types of factories. Road,water,electric grid improvements. Monies for training workers. Local tax exemptions for X amount of years.

      In the auto industry you cut the price in half and offer a similar product you get 4 times the volume. Like BMW 7 Series production numbers to 3 Series numbers.

      Model S is selling at a 30k annualized rate. That Model III will sell in excess of 100k annually is as close to a given as you can get for a similar business proposition. Ditto GF.

  4. Steve S. says:

    I don’t think Tesla is the only company capable of changing the momentum on EVs in a dramatic way. A 150-mile LEAF would sell extremely well, if priced correctly.

    1. James says:

      Sure thing, Steve.

      Nissan would rightly hold the number 2 spot on the electric transportation future list, as Ghosn has done more than most in his industry of ESTABLISHED auto manufacturers, in making a case for electric. Nissan was set back, however, by geniuses like Johan de Nysschen, 2 year CEO of the Infinity brand. The BEVs and PHEVs with the most promise of stretching the specter of EVs at Nissan was a big pill on EVs, saying, in essence, they were dumb and made no sense.

      Nissan has a couple BEVs out there that have made a dimple for city BEVs and that is saying something. LEAFs were never meant to be compliance cars, yet their 70-ish mile range limits their acceptance by the public.
      30,000 units per year does not a revolution make. The 150 mile LEAF is not a given, as of yet. So far, Nissan has sent surveys out to it’s early adopters asking if they’d pay more for 150 miles range, and we all know the answer is YES!

      Nissan, like BMW, VW and Daimler are gas car companies. They all make literally millions of CUVs, SUVs and trucks that suck the crude and bring big profits compared to any EV.

      Thusly, I can’t say Nissan is carrying a big flag for EVs….They’ve etched out a niche and that’s good for now. The 125-150-mile BEV will build upon that success. But if a Nissan wants to get out of the city – it needs Prius-fighter hybrids aplenty, plus PHEVs and more!

  5. Mikael says:

    Hmm.. they should rename the i3 to i1 and have this 2-series copycat be named i2.

    Then bring out an i3 in the mold of the 3-series in exterier size.

  6. Surya says:

    Of course BMW is already testing the next model in the i line. That doesn’t mean it will be made, but if the i brand gets the momentum they hope it will get, they can’t wait for that to occur and then quickly bring a new car to market. No that takes too long. They haven been working on other i models long before the i3 reached the market. Only future will tell which other models will be released when.

  7. Priusmaniac says:

    The next i vehicle should be a full sedan BMW 5 series, a bit like a Model S but with the Rex. That is what makes the most sense and is what is most desired by the people.
    Next would be a sedan Serie 3 type to offer a rex equiped alternative to the upcoming 200 miles limited Model III.