The i1 will come first in 2027.
The i2 will follow in 2028.
They will both be assembled on BMW’s upcoming Neue Klasse platform.
Nearly all automakers currently involved in the growing EV race are focused on high-priced models – money has to be made to support EV development. This is why affordable entry-level EVs are all but non-existent at the moment. This will change in the near future and BMW’s got two models on the way.
Let’s not pretend that these new small electric BMWs will be cheap as they will be, after all, BMWs. Even so, they will open up the German automaker’s offering to a wider audience. Unlike its current crop of EVs, with the exception of the iX, all of BMW’s EVs are ICE-based. The i1 and i2 are expected to be unique models.
One reason is that they will be assembled on the brand’s upcoming bespoke Neue Klasse EV platform. It is able to accommodate single motor layouts, in either a FWD or RWD configuration, and with two motors for AWD. Based on Insideevs’ report, the i1 and i2 will offer FWD or AWD.
Finally, all of this is speculation as we’re still many years away from finding out what body style the cars will get and what they’ll look like, let alone powertrain layouts or pricing. The car seen in the pictures is the i Vision Circular concept revealed last year. Between now and then, BMW will introduce numerous other new EV models so things could change.