A new report states BMW is analyzing the prospects of coming out with a third i model. The interesting news comes from a reliable source that indicates it will be a pure electric SUV developed primarily to rival the Tesla Model X. However, it will be a while until the zero-emission Bavarian model will hit the market as there are slim chances of seeing it before the end of the decade.
As a matter of fact, BMW recently said that a new “i” model to join the existing i3 and i8 will be introduced after 2020. However, this could change taking into account Tesla Motors will start sales of the Model X later this year while Audi will put the Q6 electric crossover on sale in 2018 so BMW probably will want to have their own competitor in this segment as soon as possible in order to grab a piece of the action.
It should be mentioned that a BMW spokesman declared this week the rumor is just “speculation”, but most likely such a model is indeed in development. The report goes on to specify it will probably be assembled at the company’s Spartanburg factory in South Carolina, United States where BMW assembles the X3, X4, X5, X5 M, X6 and the X6 M.
According to German media, a decision regarding this third model part of the “i” lineup is currently awaiting board approval. BMW CEO Harald Krueger recently said that he does want to launch an electric SUV to compete with the Model X so don’t be too surprised if there is going to be an all-electric X-badged BMW model in the following years.
We are not entirely sure it will be manufactured in South Carolina taking into account the i3 and i8 are put together at home in Leipzig, Germany. It would make sense to build the electric SUV together with the other two models as this would lower the production costs since some of the components would be shared among all three models.