BMW May Not Make Next-Generation I3, I8 Models

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The two vehicles that started BMW‘s i sub-brand may not have a future beyond the current generation.

The German automaker has already confirmed it is working on the i4 and iNext electric vehicles, which will feature next-generation tech. But there’s a possibility the i3 and i8 models won’t have successors, a topic BMW is currently debating internally. Don’t expect either to be discontinued anytime soon, especially since both the i3 and i8 recently got mild refreshes with new variants in the form of the i3s and i8 Roadster.

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Speaking to Automotive News, BMW’s head of electric powertrain, Stefan Juraschek, confirmed it’s too early to say whether next-generation BMW i3 and i8 models will come to light. “These cars are very unique,” said Juraschek. “These two cars were not [developed] as a family that we can expand in different [ways] or maybe five or 10 derivatives.”

The idea behind the i3 and i8 models were to be technology showcases, and the research and development that went into them helped pave the way for BMW’s electrification.

The upcoming BMW i4 is expected to arrive in 2020, offering up to 435 miles in range. It will be a four-door sedan model aimed at competing with the Tesla Model S.

[Source: Automotive News]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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