BMW has tightened its electric plans and plans to transform the Mini brand into a pure e-car manufacturer. However, the Munich-based company has left it open when exactly the last new Mini with a combustion engine will be sold. In addition, the unveiled production version of the i4 was shown for the first time.
What had already been leaked in advance has now been made official by the BMW Group: in 2025, Mini will launch a new model with an internal combustion engine variant for the last time - after that, only purely electric models will follow. In 2027, the share of fully electric vehicles in Mini sales is to be at least 50 percent. "In the early 2030s", Mini will then have an exclusively fully electric range, according to BMW.
In 2023, the successor to the Mini Countryman will be launched at the Leipzig plant - also in a purely electric variant. Based on the planned new vehicle architecture developed from the outset for pure e-mobility, battery-electric Mini vehicles will also be produced in China from 2023 onwards in a cooperation with the local manufacturer Great Wall Motor.
The BMW brand is also sharpening up its e-car plans: after launching the iX and i4 as new electric models this year - BMW has just announced prices for the iX - the BMW Group aims to have at least one all-electric model on the road in each of around 90 percent of its current market segments by 2023 - the manufacturer describes this as "breadth rather than niche" in its statement.
As part of the annual press conference, BMW also showed the production version of the i4 for the first time. The i4 also retains the large but closed radiator grille of the studies and the 4 Series with combustion engine. Similar to the iX3, several blue design elements indicate the electric drive. Despite the close relationship to the 4 Series, there are some differences in detail, not only on the front and rear apron: In contrast to the 4 Series, the i4 has aerodynamically better door handles, to name just one detail.
BMW does not provide any further technical details on the i4, but repeats known key data: the i4 model series will be available in different versions, which should enable ranges of up to 590 kilometres (WLTP) and up to 300 miles (EPA). The power is up to 390 kW in the top model. Data such as battery size, charging power or the drive power of the weaker variants are not mentioned. On the other hand, BMW confirmed the rumour that the i4 will be launched three months earlier than planned.