BMW is ramping up its electrified game with an affordable electric 1 Series by 2021.
The German luxury carmaker made rounded up journalists in various markets a little over a year ago to discuss their planned introduction of more than two dozen electrified vehicles by 2023. On top of a number of PHEVs, one of the first new-generation EVs to hit the road might a BMW 1 Series.
BMW’s plan involves a near even split between EVs and PHEVs. They have shared the news about the coming of the iX3 SUV as well as an i4 saloon and, not to mention, the iNEXT SUV, the concept that made internet cringe because of its oversized kidney grille – now you remember.
Now, in a discussion with AutoExpress, Head of BMW’s i Division, Robert Irlinger, revealed that their flexible BMW architectures will permit the development of smaller and more affordable electric vehicles. He said: “Even in the front-drive architecture you will see fully electrified cars. You will see electrification in our whole portfolio. We can rework our front-wheel-drive as well as the rear-wheel-drive platforms and both are able to show all technologies – our customers have the power of choice.”
There is no word about an electric 1 Series coming to North America. Odds are that, should it come, it won’t be a few years. As we know very well, most OEMs are concentrating on larger cars or SUVs as EVs at the very least for the next few years.
Irlinger also revealed to AutoExpress that there will be an all-electric 4 Series Gran Coupé in the future. This electric version of the 4 Series GC will fit nicely in our market, alongside the iX3 and possible an iX5 and others.