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First-gen BMW i3 to exit of manufacturing in July | Autocar India

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The i3 was the primary BMW to supply a pure-electric driveline. It went on sale abroad again in 2013.

BMW will cease manufacturing of the first-gen i3 hatchback that’s on sale in some worldwide markets since 2013.

In an interview with our sister publication Autocar UK, a BMW spokesperson confirmed the ultimate instance of the compact electrical five-door is because of roll off BMW’s manufacturing line in Leipzig, Germany in July forward of a reorganisation of the manufacturing facility in preparation for a begin of manufacturing for the upcoming third-generation Mini Countryman throughout the second half of 2022.  Previewed in idea automobile type in 2011, the i3 was the primary BMW mannequin to supply a pure-electric driveline, previous the bigger, Chinese language-produced BMW iX3 SUV launched in 2021.

The quirky hatchback, with its rear-hinged rear doorways and costly carbonfibre development, can be not directly changed within the BMW line-up by the iX1, an electrical model of the third-generation X1. The five-seat crossover, set to be unveiled this yr, was initially deliberate to be produced at a brand new manufacturing facility in Debrecen, Hungary. Nevertheless, delays in development to the greenfield website imply the i3 successor will now be produced at BMW’s Regensburg manufacturing unit till 2024, in response to Autocar UK sources. As with the following X1 and new Mini Countryman, the brand new entry-level i mannequin is predicated on BMW’s FAAR platform – a transfer that additionally indicators the tip of manufacturing for the aluminium-intensive DriveLife platform that underpins the i3.

The spearhead of BMW’s electrical automobile initiative, the rear-wheel-drive i3 was initially offered with the selection of a single-motor electrical drivetrain or a spread extender (REx) drivetrain, combining a 647cc two-cylinder petrol motorbike engine and an electrical motor. In each circumstances, it used a 22.2kWh lithium ion battery and developed most energy of 168hp. A subsequent facelift in 2017 raised the battery capability to 33.3kWh. In the identical yr, the i3 S, a efficiency mannequin boasting wider tracks and 181hp, was added to the line-up. BMW confirmed manufacturing of the i3 surpassed the two,00,000 mark in October 2021. By the tip of manufacturing in July 2022, officers anticipate it to have surpassed 2,50,000 items.

So far as India goes, BMW did showcase the i3 at a number of occasions right here to gauage buyer response, nevertheless, the mannequin by no means went on sale to most of the people.

Learn our BMW i3S India overview right here

Second-gen i3 already out in China

BMW not too long ago unveiled an all-electric sedan with the title i3 that may go on sale in China for now. It’s based mostly on an upcoming facelifted model of the Chinese language-market long-wheelbase 3-Collection sedan. Learn extra on that right here.

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