German automaker BMW will manufacture all of its models around a common flexible platform from 2020 onwards.
At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, member of BMW's board of management, Klaus Frohlich stated that the company's electric, plug-in hybrid and internal combustion engine models would share a common platform.
Speaking to Jalopnik, BMW i brand chief Robert Irlinger said that it makes sense to build all its models on a common flexible platform due to the insecure future of electric vehicles and combustion-engine vehicles.
The new platform will be so flexible that it will support front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive configurations. BMW will make subtle changes to the platform for different vehicles.
For example, if BMW wants to modify the platform between an internal combustion engine model and an electric vehicle, it will just switch the floor pan and retain the suspension mountings and front and rear crash structures.
BMW will fit the necessary components such as batteries and electric motors on the electric vehicles. Rest of the platform will be common and will be used across all the models.
One of the highly anticipated new-generation model from the stable of BMW is the i5. It was expected that the all-electric sedan would make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. But BMW showcased the i Vision Dynamics concept.
BMW is developing a flexible platform to be used across its entire product portfolio by 2020. The flexible platform will significantly reduce the manufacturing cost of the vehicle and this will be good for the upcoming electric models from the stable of the German automaker.