Status: 26/09/2023, 13:09 p.m.
By: Patrick Freiwah
With the "New Class", BMW is launching the next generation of electric cars on the market. But the other new models are also apparently undergoing fundamental changes.
Munich - From 2025, BMW plans to launch the next model generation based on the "New Class". In the course of this, fans are apparently dealing with a change in the model names: According to a report, the Munich-based premium manufacturer is planning fundamental changes to the existing nomenclature. Background: The tangle of numbers and abbreviations created by technological diversity is to become clearer in the next BMW models - and the drive variants more clearly distinguishable from each other.
BMW: "New class" apparently provides for new model names
The British Carmagazine has apparently found out to the trademark authorities of the European Union that the carmaker submitted applications for new model names because of the "New Class", which would also affect the other series. With the innovative electric car platform, which was recently given a preview at the IAA, not only will the basis for numerous BMW innovations be created, but the designations of the combustion models will also be adapted.
The separation of the electric cars from the other models is to be made clearer by changing the alphanumeric terms: According to our information, the new era at BMW will begin with a next-generation mid-size SUV, the electric version of which will be launched in 2025 as the first model of the "New Class". Production starts in Debrecen (Hungary) and will be expanded to the hometown of Munich in 2026.
Lettering on the BMW electric car i5: With the arrival of the "New Class", the naming will apparently change. © IMAGO/Revierfoto
Somewhat offset, a new mid-size sedan follows shortly afterwards, from today's point of view a BMW i3. Business circles explain to us that "more understandable model designations" are being planned, but concrete comments can only be made in due course. The most serious changes would be noticed in SUV models: These should continue to start with "X", but the digits will be extended. The magazine cites the BMW X320 as an example, while the electric car would be called the BMW iX320.
BMW models: combustion engines, electric cars and SUVs should differ better
What exactly are the figures based on and what happens with the new nomenclature with the all-wheel drive designation "xDrive"? Unclear. Although the iconic BMW model series 3 Series and 5 Series will continue to exist in the future, they can only be more clearly distinguished from electric vehicles in terms of naming. According to Carmagazine, the 3 Series Sedan and 3 Series Touring could be called 330 or 340, and the electric variants could then be called i330 and i340.
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BMW's new naming strategy has not yet been officially confirmed. However, it would be confirmed that the Munich-based manufacturer will continue to rely on combustion models for a long time to come, parallel to its electric strategy. This recently led to criticism from an e-car rival. (PF)