BMW to trim fashions, beginning with three Series GT, because it focuses on EVs

The three Series Gran Turismo launched within the US in summer season 2013.


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As it invests closely in electrical vehicles and autonomous autos, BMW must trim down its mannequin vary. For occasion, the corporate mentioned Friday, the three Series Gran Turismo won’t have a alternative, regardless of what BMW describes as “a good level of demand” for the hatchback.

The announcement comes as BMW says it should should be extra selective in regards to the variety of car variants it develops within the coming yr. “Measures already in place to reduce product portfolio complexity are being expanded and also applied to model derivatives,” BMW mentioned. That’s a response to “a cooling global economy” and elevated manufacturing prices, amongst different components, BMW mentioned.

For the three Series GT particularly, it is also affordable to imagine that it is much less essential to the automaker’s future provided that many automotive customers are shifting from sedans and hatchbacks to crossovers and SUVs.

Instead, BMW reiterated Friday it has plans to dramatically improve its vary of electrical and electrified autos, with the purpose of providing 12 all-electric fashions by 2025. By the top of this yr we’ll see the Mini Electric, subsequent yr the China-built BMW iX3 debuts and by the top of 2021 BMW will even add the i4 and iNext electrics. The iX3 would be the first mannequin to make use of the automaker’s fifth-generation electrical powertrain, the motor of which BMW says doesn’t require rare-earth metals.

BMW additionally confirmed its dedication to growing autonomous-driving applied sciences, promising that the iNext electrical automotive can have Level three self-driving options and can be “enabled” for assessments of Level four autonomy. BMW introduced final month it could accomplice with Mercedes-Benz mum or dad Daimler AG on future self-driving automotive tech.