Currently reading: BMW ups R&D spend on new EV platforms and powertrains
Neue Klasse models drive investments in powertrain development and autonomous driving technology

BMW increased its research and development spending by 5.2% year on year in 2022 as it made significant steps towards launching its next-generation electric line-up.

The company’s R&D investment last year totalled €6.6 billion (£5.9bn), with funds going to the Neue Klasse programme.

This will usher in the next era for BMW, bringing the electrification of the long-running 3 Series nameplate with a model previewed by the i Vision Dee concept car.

The Neue Klasse models will major on technology as BMW aims to make connected vehicles a key pillar of its automotive business, controversially locking features installed into vehicles at the factory (such as heated seats) behind a subscription.

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