The current-generation BMW 3 Series (G20) has solely been in manufacturing since late 2018 and has but to obtain the standard Life Cycle Impulse (LCI), however a brand new report is trying to preview the next-gen automobile. While the upcoming revised mannequin will spawn an electrical model, it can experience on the identical CLAR platform because the combustion-engined automobile. Thankfully, a 3 Series constructed on a devoted electrical platform is allegedly earmarked for a 2025 launch.
According to Autocar, BMW will inaugurate the Neue Klasse structure with a zero-emissions 3 Series know internally because the “NK1.” It will not substitute the ICE-powered mannequin because the sports activities sedan will stay to see a brand new technology with gasoline and diesel engines, permitting the Bavarian model to cover all of the bases in the identical vein as Porsche will probably be doing with the gasoline and electrical Macan.
Being developed from day one strictly as an EV, the 3 Series sans combustion engine could have an extended wheelbase and a flat flooring, thus making the inside considerably extra spacious in comparison with the normal mannequin. It’s being engineered with a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive configuration in addition to a stronger dual-motor, xDrive mannequin.
An “electric-centric design” is seemingly deliberate, doubtless with a lot shorter entrance and rear overhangs to maximise the wheelbase and ship enhancements by way of packaging you’d anticipate from a devoted electrical automobile. To reduce the burden penalty attributable to the electrical bits, BMW goals to make intensive use of aluminum mixed with a carbon fiber “cage” physique structure with CFRP in some areas.
Details concerning the inside are restricted at this level, however the report goes on to say BMW is specializing in an eco-friendly cabin with recycled supplies as previewed within the i Vision Circular idea exhibited on the IAA Munich present in September. Autocar solely mentions a sedan, nevertheless it’s doubtless solely a matter of time earlier than the Touring may even be supplied with out combustion engines.
BMW is creating the electrical motors in-house and these are stated to be extra highly effective in addition to extra environment friendly than what present EVs are utilizing. Fast-charging at as much as 350 kilowatts is deliberate for what will probably be an evolution of present battery tech estimated to ship a complete vary in extra of 435 miles (700 kilometers) within the electrical 3er.
The company’s analysis and growth chief Frank Weber has already hinted the Neue Klasse platform is being engineered for performances fashions, so an M-badged 3 Series EV appears doubtless.