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Buried in its third quarter performance report, BMW has confirmed that it will introduce fully-electric BMW X3 and MINI models by the end of the decade. No details have been revealed as yet, but the latter will be the first to come to market in 2019, while the zero-emissions X3 will only be offered in showrooms in 2020.

The X3 EV would be the first mainstream pure electric vehicle sold by the main BMW brand – discounting the i3, which is marketed under BMW i. The timing points to the drivetrain being introduced on the next-generation G01 model, and even then only after the facelift.

MINI’s version would be a continuation of the brand’s long, drawn-out foray into electrification, beginning with the lease-only MINI E in 2008 – that one used a 208 hp/220 Nm electric motor and a 35 kWh battery, resulting in a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 8.5 seconds, a 152 km/h top speed and a range of 240 km.


More recently, the company introduced the Cooper S E Countryman All4 plug-in hybrid, which takes a 136 hp/220 Nm 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine and mates it to an 88 hp/165 Nm electric motor, a 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery and a six-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 100 km/h takes just 6.9 seconds, and the car is also capable of up to 40 km of pure electric driving, at speeds of up to 125 km/h.

In other news, BMW has once again confirmed that the production version of the i8 Spyder concept is coming in 2018, and has been given a new, finalised name – the i8 Roadster. Also re-confirmed is the iNEXT, a larger, fully-autonomous vehicle that will be launched at the beginning of the next decade.