BMW has revealed that it’s planning all-electric versions of the next X3 SUV and MINI hatchback The German manufacturer released the information in a report detailing its financial results for the third quarter of 2016. First to arrive will be the all-electric X3 in 2019.The plug-in SUV will join the i3 as a BMW without a combustion engine, although it’s unlikely to share that car’s ‘i’ branding.
BMW didn’t issue details on the powertrain, but company boss Harald Kruger said: “Our consistent achievement of high profitability…enables us to finance future investments from our own resources.” The EV will be based on the nextX3, as previewed by our exclusive image in Issue 1,419, and will be joined by a plug-in hybrid.
It’s possible the powertrain for that will use the existing 330e’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, developing 249bhp. MINI will follow with its own EV in 2020, according to the report. That news comes after the firm announced the Countryman Cooper S E ALL4 plug-in hybrid.
MINI has experimented with electric tech before; the 2008 MINI E used a 35kWh battery. But while the British brand trialled several hundred examples of the car worldwide, it never made it to mass production. BMW’s report also confirmed that the upcoming open-top i8 sports car will be called the i8 Roadster, rather than Spyder as previously thought.