Electric & Autonomous Vehicles News - 02/18/2020 - Views: 322

Motivated by Tesla’s rise, BMW stokes up dealer excitement about its upcoming EVs

BMW had a good year in 2019. The brand sold 324,826 vehicles in the US last year. That’s an increase of 4.4% from 2018, according to Wards Intelligence. But to keep that momentum, BMW leadership – meeting with its franchises at this week’s NADA conference – talked about making a big national push of its new, pure EVs starting to arrive late this year.

We expect the 2021 iX3 crossover, with a 74-kWh battery pack, to arrive in late 2020. It should offer about 240 miles of range. (The WLTP range number is 273 miles.) The iNext crossover and i4 four-door coupe should arrive in late 2021.

But it’s the i4 sedan that will stack up closest to the Tesla Model 3. The i4 will be publicly unveiled at next month’s Geneva auto show, adding to the slim number of EVs we’re already tracking at the show.