Here's what they are, and when you can expect them.
BMW hasn't introduced an all-new electric vehicle for the United States since the i3 arrived for the 2014 model year. That is about to change with the i4 sedan and iX SUV coming stateside in early 2022. The i4 and iX will act as the first wave of BMW's latest EV onslaught, but the second wave will be even more extensive. According to Automotive News Europe, BMW plans to release four new EVs in the next two years.
"We are fully committed to electric cars wherever the use of battery-electric drivetrains makes sense, and it is possible because the conditions are right," BMW CEO Oliver Zipse said. He shared that the first two models, an all-electric BMW 7 Series flagship sedan and BMW X1 subcompact SUV, will arrive sometime in 2022.
We've already spotted the electric 7 Series (rumored to be called the i7) and the electric X1 (likely called the iX1) out testing in prototype form back in 2020. Following the i7 and iX1, BMW will show off electric variants of the mid-size 5 Series sedan and the Mini Countryman, which currently share underpinnings with the X1. BMW will build the i7 and i5 at its Dingolfing plant, which already assembles the iX SUV. The iX1 will be built alongside its gas-powered counterpart in Regensburg, Germany, and likewise, Countryman will be built in Leipzig with its gas-powered equivalent.
"By 2023 we will offer our customers at least one BEV option in nearly all our vehicle segments and over the next 10 years we aim to release a total of about 10 million fully electric vehicles onto the market," Zipse said during an earnings call. Given the timeline for these reveals, it may still be a while before the i5, i7, iX1, and electric Countryman are available in the US. We imagine the iX1 and i7 will arrive in late 2022 or early 2023, and the i5 and Countryman won't arrive until late 2023 or early 2024.