BMW will release an electric car based on the 1-SeriesOctober 8, 2019
Compact hatchback with zero emission can get the name i1
BMW is developing an environmentally friendly version of the 1-Series hatchback. It is expected that the novelty will share the FAAR front-wheel drive platform with the model and will use electric stuffing from the i3 S. The debut of the five-door can take place in 2021.
BMW i Green Leader Robert Irlinger confirms electrification plans for the new 1-Series in an interview with Auto Express. The engineer emphasized that the flexible architecture of modern BMW makes it possible to convert both front-wheel and rear-wheel-drive models to electric traction, so customers of the Bavarian brand will have the opportunity to choose the right electric car.
The electric version of the BMW 1-Series will differ from models with traditional ICE strokes – a “solid” radiator grill, an original color scheme and a charger connector.
If the BMW 1-Series “inherits” the power plant from the i3 S, then an 184-horsepower (270 Nm) electric motor and a battery unit with a capacity of 33 kilowatt hours will be placed under the hood of the hatchback. In this case, the range of the electrified 1-Series will be about 200 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. In addition, the option of producing an all-wheel drive twin-engine version of the electric car is not ruled out.
BMW i Special Forces plans to unveil 12 all-electric and 13 rechargeable hybrid models over five years. In the near future, the premiere of the iX3 electric crossover and the iNext SUV will take place.
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