All BMWs to ride on a flexible platform by 2020

Sep 19, 2017 | Same topic: Leading-edge tech trends
This information has been publicly confirmed by the German marque.

At the ongoing 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Klaus Fröhlich – Member of BMW’s Board of Management has announced that BMW will produce its plug-in hybrid, electric and internal combustion engine vehicles around a common platform.

After that, BMW I Brand Chief Robert Irlinger has once again confirmed that from 2020 onwards, all BMW models will sit on a flexible platform which is able to adapt to numerous powertrain and drive configurations.

BMW platform

All BMW models will sit on a flexible platform 

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The reason leading to this BMW’s decision is mainly due to the uncertain future of electric and combustion-engine vehicles in terms of purchase and fuel prices, emissions regulations, battery technology, inter-city driving restrictions and so on.

As its name indicates, the new architecture will be so flexible that it can fully support from front-wheel, rear-wheel to all-wheel drive systems. Depending one each vehicle, the company will make small different changes to the architecture. Moreover, suspension mounting points and crash structure will remain unchanged.

a BMW electric vehicle

Buyers could bring home a pure electric, plug-in hybrid or combustion-engine models of any BMW

If BMW actually generalizes this move, it can significantly decrease expenses on production. Further, this also means buyers could bring home a pure electric, plug-in hybrid or combustion-engine models of any BMW, theoretically of course.

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