bmw says facelifted i3 on the way & they want to "share technology"
NEW FRONT AND REAR END BUT NO WORD ON RANGE. and bmw wants to share autonomous driving technology with other car makers
Just 3 months after the launch of what BMW called its "2017 model year" i3, the German car manufacturer has announced a further facelift to the car at some point next year.
Speaking in this morning's Welt am Sonntag newspaper, Klaus Fröhlich said the new car will get a reworked front and rear end. The current i3 was launched in July with a larger battery than that of its predecessor but retained the 2013 model's styling.
BMW's Head of Development and Board Member Klaus Fröhlich says there's a restyled i3 to come in 2017
However, don't expect any substantial increase in range. When asked whether there would be a change to the current car's distance between charges, he said he does "not consider range to be the most important competition between car manufacturers...."I'm a few kms farther than my competitor", that brings nothing at all"
"In the long term we will offer cars with different ranges, just as now one can buy cars powered by different fuels". Herr Fröhlich also says BMW are pushing for an industry-wide common standard. "We have an interest in the fact that other car makers use the same system and sensors for autonomous driving as we do" he said.