BMW has simply launched the iX and i4 electrical automobiles, in addition to an electrical model of the present 3-Sequence solely in China, however these will likely be outmoded ranging from 2025 by a brand new technology of BMW electrics primarily based on a platform dubbed the Neue Klasse (German for “New Class”).
The Neue Klasse platform is being developed from the onset for electrical powertrains, with an authentic plan to have it additionally help internal-combustion engines in varied hybrid configurations having been deserted. The platform will likely be able to supporting a hydrogen gasoline cell, nonetheless.
The primary Neue Klasse-based car will likely be constructed at a plant underneath building in Debrecen, Hungary, beginning in 2025. Neue Klasse-based automobiles are additionally confirmed to be constructed at an present plant in Munich, Germany, beginning in 2026.
The primary Neue Klasse-based car will likely be a sedan sitting within the 3-Sequence section, and will probably be adopted by a sporty SUV, BMW Group CEO Oliver Zipse stated on Wednesday when asserting monetary outcomes for the primary half of 2022.
Code-named the NK1, the sedan is anticipated to be a member of the next-generation 3-Sequence household, presumably a successor to the aforementioned electrical 3-Sequence launched in China earlier this yr because the i3 (the quirky i3 electrical hatchback is useless). The following 3-Sequence, which is due across the center of the last decade, also needs to supply internal-combustion energy, probably utilizing an up to date model of the present technology’s CLAR platform. BMW predicts that even by 2030, near half its automobiles offered globally will nonetheless have an internal-combustion engine, although most of those are prone to be electrified in some type. The remainder will likely be be primarily based on the Neue Klasse platform.
The platform will enable engineers to differ the wheelbase size, and automobiles primarily based on the platform will tackle a extra aerodynamic design to assist maximize vary. In consequence proportions will differ from the previous, not just for aerodynamics but additionally to spice up inside house. The platform may also use sixth-generation electrical motor and battery expertise at BMW, which guarantees improved energy and effectivity. To offset the load of the batteries, BMW will improve using composite supplies for each the interior construction and physique panels, together with using carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic in some fashions.
BMW sees the introduction of the Neue Klasse platform as important a shift because the introduction of the unique Neue Klasse platform within the Sixties, a platform that underpinned a sequence of sedans and coupes that set the course for BMW even to this present day.
“We see the Neue Klasse as a whole reset for the automobile and our understanding of mobility,” Zipse stated. “Over the subsequent three years, our preparations will likely be intense, encompassing all areas of the corporate.”