An electric version of the BMW X3 will join three other new models in BMW's future electric line-up, which will also include EV versions of the seventh-generation 3 Series, the X4 and the Mini Cooper hatchback.
BMW CEO Harald Krüger said the electric X3 would arrive in 2020, close to a year after the electric Mini.
This information comes days after the newspaper Handelsblatt, citing sources close to Krüger, said the German car maker has developed a new model strategy that will result in a selected number of regular production models being offered with pure-electric drive systems. This is part of a push to head off competition from Tesla as well as BMW's traditional premium brand rivals, which include Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.
BMW’s first new electric models are reportedly scheduled to be sold from the end of 2018, alongside dedicated electrically propelled models from the i brand, including the recently upgraded i3.
The move to add electrically powered versions of the 3 Series, X4 and Mini Cooper to its line-up can be seen as an admission by BMW that its earlier strategy of basing dedicated i brand models around expensive carbonfibre and aluminium platforms as a means of reducing weight over traditional steel structures hasn't been a success.