BMW engineers have been spotted testing a battery-electric version of the current-generation 3-Series, a car that may just end up using the i3 badge.
The i3 hatch is due to be phased out after the current model’s run, so the badge will be free to use for another model. But rather than launch standalone EVs like it did with the i3 hatch, BMW is now adding electric power to its core models.
The first of these is the iX3 based on the X3 due later this year (though not in the United States), to be followed in 2021 by the iNext based on the X5 and i4 based on the 4-Series (shown below). An electric version of the next-generation 7-Series is also coming.
The prototype may look like one of the testers for the regular 3-Series but there aren’t any tailpipes. The openings in the front fascia also look to be sealed here, which suggests no internal-combustion engine sitting up front, and…