BMW Is Ushering In The Electric Age Sooner Than We Thought


Hold onto your Ms for as long as possible because they'll be worth a lot more once the M4 goes electric.

As horrible as it sounds to our ears, electricity is in and combustible dinosaur remains are out. And it's some of our favorite automakers that are fighting to usher in that change with the most vigor. BMW, the automaker that's arguably responsible for the four-door super sports car, has been using its vast profit margins to invest in electric drivetrains, even threatening to turn our beloved M division into a sad battery-powered lot. Go ahead and grab the tissues, as according to Auto Express, it's not just the i and M divisions facing the reality of the electrical outlet.

After delving into Q3 financial reports coming straight from the Bavarian automaker, the British motoring outlet discovered that BMW and its subsidiary Mini are going to get some new EVs to catapult into willing and unwilling driveways. In the blue and white corner is the X3. While its skin won't look anything like its electric cousin the i3, it's powertrain will be powered by electricity, giving EV buyers put off by the i3's polarizing style a more pedestrian looking alternative. That SUV will come in 2019 once the next generation of X3 is out. We already knew that the next X3 was going to get a plug-in hybrid option good for 249 horsepower using the 2.0-liter four-banger that's mated to an electric motor that's found in the 330e.

However the news of an EV variant means that BMW is thinking about electrifying its lineup more quickly than once anticipated. On the receiving end of the trickle-down technology is Mini, with its own EV due in 2020. Auto Express also kindly pointed out that Mini has already announced the Countryman Cooper S E All4 plug-in hybrid. So much for an action-packed Italian Job remake. Now's the time to buy the M car you've been holding off on because it may be the last taste of explosive T-Rex remains you'll ever get.


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