BMW, like just about every automaker these days, is considering going all-electric. The folks in Munich already have this plan in motion, but a recent BMW presentation may contain a hidden secret in plain sight. Or at least, under a blanket in plain sight.
This secret looks like some kind of sports car. Today was shown a presentation from BMW recently, regarding the X1 and iX1 for Europe. The presentation included a BMW product roadmap extending to 2030, when the automaker expects more than 50 percent of global sales to be battery-electric vehicles. This includes companies under the BMW umbrella, namely Rolls-Royce and Mini, but draw your attention to the lower right portion of the roadmap image at the top of this article.
Four vehicles are covered, three of which look like SUVs or sedans. At the very bottom we have the fourth vehicle and it is not like the others. From what we can see, he’s low to the ground with a slanted nose and flared wings. A steeply raked windshield connects to a low roof, but that’s all we can see. The body lines certainly don’t match an SUV, or even a coupe-style crossover. And is it a coincidence that the three vehicles above have covers in the same color and pattern as M?
To be clear, we haven’t heard anything so far about a possible dedicated all-electric sports car or supercar from BMW. However, the German brand is pushing hard in the electric world with several models already available. Of course, the new BMW XM has just debuted to become the company’s power king, offering 735bhp in the Label Red edition coming next year. It’s the first dedicated M vehicle since the M1, but at three tons it’s also extremely heavy.
Something lighter with that kind of power could be what’s under the cover. Or, could it be something more modest, perhaps an EV follow-up to the i8 hybrid? Either way, it’ll probably be some time before we know what’s going on in BMW’s electric mind.
For now, see the ride on cars podcast for more on the new XM and more, available below.