The battery will be cheaper and lighter than the current one.
The North American strategy could differ from the one planned in Europe.
The future is bright and electric for the Munich based division. Indeed, with the development of the next generation of EVs – also known as the Neue Klasse – BMW is preparing to drastically change its range of vehicles for the future.
In fact, according to Automotive News Europe, the German manufacturer already has six future all-electric models planned for the coming years. The new 800-volt electric architecture symbolizes the brand’s transition to electric and digital mobility.
When the first model based on this Neue Klasse platform hits the market in a few months’ time, it will make use of the sixth generation of the eDrive drivetrain, which is said to be 40% cheaper to develop and 25% more energy-efficient than the current system.
Unsurprisingly, the first two models based on this Neue Klasse platform will be a sedan and a mid-size crossover. The very first vehicle should in principle be an evolution of the iX3 SUV, while the Chinese market will also be entitled to a lengthened variant of the same vehicle. These two versions of the electric X3 are expected somewhere in 2025 in Europe.
The resulting sedan will of course be a descendant of the 3 Series, but with an all-new design and a purely electric powertrain. According to Automotive News Europe, this future electric 3 Series is scheduled for 2026. With plants in the U.S. and Mexico, BMW should eventually take advantage of its local production strength to assemble these new models closer to its North American audience.
BMW strategists also have a sedan-coupe in their plans, as well as a wagon. Finally, the sixth model based on this Neue Klasse platform would be a replacement for the current iX1 marketed in Europe.
One of the new features of this future Neue Klasse range is the battery. The battery will be an integral part of the vehicle chassis, reducing not only costs, but also the weight of the car or crossover. What’s more, prismatic cells will be replaced by cylindrical cells, a solution that would be less imposing, but also more energy dense.