The German automaker is reportedly preparing to release new ICE-powered SUVs in 2027.
Despite investing big in electrification, BMW has no intentions of abandoning the combustion engine. First discovered by BMWBlog, Germany's Handelsblatt reports that the automaker has plans to release new ICE-powered vehicles in 2027.
This is according to a company insider who notes the new range of gas-powered engines will be fitted to the X-series lineup, which comprises vehicles like the US-built X3 and X5. Company CEO Oliver Zipse has previously shared his thoughts on an outright ICE ban, noting that abandoning the technology could hinder the automotive industry's growth.
That's not to say Zipse is against electric vehicles. The Munich-based brand has released several new EVs in the past few years. BMW's strategy, however, is to offer a lineup for all markets, meaning that combustion-engined cars will still be sold where allowed.
While it makes sense from a business perspective, this measured approach hasn't gone down well with environmentalists.
Until BMW makes an official announcement, it's tough guessing which engines will survive. We assume the iconic straight-six and the company's V8 will stay a bit longer, thanks to electrification, but assume they will be canceled long before the three- and four-cylinder engines.
More evidence suggests that BMW's ICE engines are here to stay. Speaking to South Africa's CarMag, local officials have promised the straight-six engine will remain part of the lineup for several more years. We assume this applies to gasoline and diesel variants still prevalent in select markets.
Last year, BMW's Frank Weber said that the automaker is working on a host of traditional engines with significantly reduced emissions. This means they'll comply with increasingly stringent legislation and extend the life of the endangered ICE engine.
Electrification and engineering can only do so much, though, as the company has already had to abandon the V12 engine found in the previous generation M760i luxury sedan. It's likely that the V8 will go this way in the coming years but, hopefully, the inline-six will live beyond 2030.
It's worth noting that both Rolls-Royce and Mini have committed to going all-electric by 2030. These are niche brands and will easily survive with an EV-only lineup. BMW will have to retain ICE engines if it wants to survive in the global market - especially in markets where electric vehicles aren't viable.
These engines will likely be fitted to the upcoming Neue Klasse vehicles, designed to accommodate electric, combustion, and even hydrogen powertrains.
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