Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Is BMW planning an all-electric SUV to rival the Tesla Model X?

Ever since the BMW i3 and i8 electric cars arrived last year, there has been a lot of speculation about what other models BMW could introduce to the electric i-sub brand. There have been several reports about a model dubbed the i5 that could compete with the Tesla Model S, but now a new report claims that the third “i” model could actually be an electric SUV.

Inhabitat.com: A report out of Germany claims that BMW is currently mulling the idea of introducing a fully electric SUV that would go head-to-head with the upcoming Tesla Model S. BMW is probably being forced to look at the idea of an electric SUV due to the fact that Tesla has already reportedly received 20,000 pre orders for the Model X. Audi has also recently confirmed plans to introduce an electric SUV, which will be called the Q6.

BMW hasn’t confirmed any of the reports about an i5 or an electric SUV for the i-sub brand, but BMW has announced that a third “i” model won’t arrive during this decade. For now BMW seems mostly focused on expanding its plug-in hybrid lineup with plug-in versions of almost every model, including the X5 SUV.