BMW working on all-electric i1 hatchback for 2021?
The VW ID.3 rival is expected to be offered with front- or all-wheel drive.
BMW is reportedly working on an all-electric hatchback to take on the Volkswagen ID.3.
Likely to be named the i1, the car will serve as a battery-powered alternative to the current 1 Series and could enter production as early as 2021, unnamed BMW executives have told AutoExpress.
The German automaker's design team is said to be styling upcoming EVs to closely mesh with their existing internal-combustion counterparts, perhaps distinguished by unique exterior accent colors and solid grilles. The conservative approach may be a consequence of the i3's controversial styling, viewed as a contributing factor in poor sales.
"The i4 is the four-door sports sedan, fully electrified, clearly visible as an iCar," said BMW i Division head Robert Irlinger. "You can see the concept of the 4 Series as a two-door coupe and the i4 is going be the four-door coupe - it's going to be based on the concept, but it's fully electric."
The company has promised to offer no less than a dozen fully electric cars within the next four years, starting with the iX3 crossover and i4 sedan.