The platform is called Neue Klasse.
It will work for all vehicles, from a 2 Series all the way to an X7.
The first vehicles built on the platform are set to launch in 2025.
BMW has said that they will be ready by 2030 to face any and all eventualities. More specifically, if a market wants only EVs, or is still far from ready for EVs, BMW will have a product line for them. The new Neue Klasse platform is how it will be possible.
The modular Neue Klasse platform, currently being developed at BMW’s FIZ research and innovation centre in Munich, will feature all of BMW’s latest EV-related goodies, and more such as lightweight construction. Included will be sixth-generation electric powertrains mated to long-range battery technology capable of rapid charging.
The first production model to launch on the new platform is expected to be a 3 Series-like sedan internally known as the NK1 according to Autocar. The idea is to sell this EV alongside the regular 3 Series in a bid to offer potential customers the option between ICE and EV. Other brands such as Porsche have already embraced this strategy.
Ultimately, the Neue Klasse platform will replace today’s FAAR and CLAR structures to provide BMW with maximum flexibility and more importantly, maximize economies of scale.