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BMW might not replace i3, i8 with new models

They are seen as showcase vehicles and proof of concept for the i brand

BMW has not yet decided whether it is going to release new models to replace its current i3 and i8 electric and electrified models.

Only just launched, the i8 Roadster might be the last of the current crop of battery powered or aided models in the i range and the next one will be completely new, in the form of 2020’s iX3 high rider, followed in 2021 by the production version of the i Vision Dynamics concept.

The automaker plans to bring 11 new electric cars to market by 2025, but they will most likely be new model lines. BMW i design boss Domagoj Dukec told Autocar that “With new i3 and i8, I don’t know; for now, we don’t think about it. For i, there won’t always be an i3, then an i3 after – i is not a parallel universe of BMW.”

Dukec added ““It worked at the time, but why do it more than once? The i8 could be the M1 – it doesn’t have to always be a name at BMW. We always give an answer to what people and customers are requiring at that moment in time.”

Check out our road test reviews of the BMW i3, i8 as well the electrified 330e and X5 xDrive 40e

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