BMW is determined to move forward with a full range of 100% electric vehicles. One of the most important will be the i4, a sedan that will compete with the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2. Although the type of vehicle that Europeans like best is the SUV, the reality is that premium brands such as Audi, Mercedes and BMW depend (and a lot) of their A4, C-Class and Series 3. This situation will continue to hold, with the arrival of electric models powered by battery. So much so that Tesla, with Model 3, has proven that even in electric-powered vehicles there is no shortage of people who opt for three-volume, four-door solutions. BMW had already stated its intention to go this route, especially when it presented the i Vision Dynamics prototype, which will give rise to the future i4. As one would expect the model’s forms evolved, from the initial prototype to the standard version, which has been caught camouflaged, with the i4 increasingly resembling a 4 Series Grand Coupe than i Vision Dynamics. It is known that the platform at the service of the i4 will be CLAR, an electric version of the base that serves the Series 3 and Series 4 gasoline and diesel. This is capable of generating cars that start by exclusively offering rear-wheel drive in the most affordable versions, and then to mount a second electric motor on the front axle, thus benefiting from the services of all-wheel drive. The brand CEO, Harald Kruger, announces the i4 for 2021 as a global car, destined to sell in Europe, but also in the US and China, with the saloon promising to be a leader in accelerations of 0-100 km / h, as well as in the autonomy. And if the starting figures still remain in the secret of the gods, in relation to the kilometers that the i4 will manage between recharges, BMW points to 700 km, which will put you as the best outdoor corvette car cover in the class.
BMW and Mercedes come together again
Two of the most prestigious German premium brands return to join hands. After joining forces to fight against Uber, BMW and Mercedes team up again to get to freelance cars faster. The two German premium brands , respectively the BMW group and Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes, have more and more in common. Last week they announced a joint venture to create car-sharing companies aimed at combating companies like Uber. Now they are back to agreeing to invest in autonomous cars, another solution that is not around the corner, that is, two or three years from now, but it will always come to market sooner or later. All the more so because shared mobility solutions like car-sharing, carpooling and car hailing make more sense (in terms of costs) if vehicles do not need someone behind the wheel. This time, BMW and Mercedes have created a partnership to jointly invest € 1 billion in an electric vehicle program with no driver. The aim is to accelerate the development of technologies for driver assistance, automated driving on motorways and automatic parking. These are not the first steps of any of the companies in this area, as BMW has already announced in the past that it is working with Mobileye (of Intel) and Delphi in autonomous driving, with Mercedes having previously made public its association with Bosch, for the same purpose. According to Klaus Fröhlich, managing director of BMW AG, “it makes perfect sense to associate the knowledge of both manufacturers”. He added: “For the BMW Group, it is good to establish long-term partnerships for the development of flexible, scalable and shared platforms to move towards autonomous driving.” For your Daimler colleague, Hello Källenius, the association is equally welcome. “Autonomous driving is a revolutionary technology in which we have been working for some time, but for us the important thing is safety,” Källenius said, “working with the ideal partners will allow us to move forward faster and offer this new technology to our customers. “
BMW and Mercedes want to fight Uber. Together!
To everyone’s surprise, two of the world’s most respected premium car manufacturers are targeting a transport company that has lost money since it emerged in 2009. Despite the losses accumulated by Uber, the one who analyzes the American transport company does not focus on its history, concentrating only on its future profit potential. And it is behind that even as BMW and Mercedes prepare to run, through five joint ventures , now announced, in which they have invested 1000 million euros. The objective that unites the traditional BMW Group and Daimler rivals here has to do with the mobility of the future, in a phase in which more and more people will inhabit the big cities, whose increasingly chaotic traffic will discourage the purchase of own car, prioritizing the rental by the hour or the minute, through systems such as car-sharing or ride-hailing , activities that Uber already explores. This means that tomorrow’s new car buyers will be companies like Uber and no manufacturer wants to stay in their hands without great bargaining power. Determined not to continue advancing to operators like Uber, which is far from the only one to compete in this market, BMW and Mercedes are committed to jointly creating a worldwide mobility service. To this end they created Free Now ( ride-hailing) , Share Now ( car-sharing ), Charge Now, Park Now (parking) and Reach Now (multimodal service). One of the strengths of this German association is to share and offer services to a joint database that can exceed 60 million customers. And Charge Now already manages 100,000 payloads in 25 countries, while Park Now serves 30 million European and American customers. Free Now has 21 million customers (in Europe and Latin America), and Share Now has a fleet of 20,000 vehicles in 31 cities. “These five services will allow us to provide a complete and integrated service using electric vehicles, autonomous and able to recharge the batteries and park without driver intervention,” says BMW CEO Harald Krüger. For his part, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says he believes that “by joining the strength and knowledge of 14 brands of both groups,” it will be possible to “create a powerful company in the increasingly important business of urban mobility.”
BMW SUV is the worst of them all. For pedestrians …
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is the one who speaks the highest on security in the USA. And his words this year did not favor (even) anything the BMW X1, which is terrible for pedestrians. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) was born to compel manufacturers who want to sell vehicles in the US to design safer vehicles on the highway, but quickly evolved to foster driver, passenger and pedestrian defenses on both roads and in the city. It is true that it was born at the expense of the insurance companies, but the IIHS evolved into a non-profit organization that made it unassailable, continuing to have the security of all as sole responsibility. Although its critics may be “murderous” for some car manufacturers. This time, the IIHS focused on 11 compact SUVs, which in the US are considered small, with particular attention to the safety of pedestrians and children, who sometimes appear to share roads with them at an obvious disadvantage. On the table was the pedestrian detection system, whose function is to detect its presence in front of the vehicle, to warn the driver of the imminent danger and, if it does not intervene, to carry out an emergency braking to avoid the collision, the trampling. In confrontation were 11 vehicles of the type SUV, compact in Europe, but that the Americans nick of “small” . Among the models submitted to the tests, four showed a “superior” performance, namely the Toyota Rav4, Subaru Forester, Volvo XC40 and Honda CR-V. Following these four SUVs that scored the highest score, there were five others rated “advanced”, including the Kia Sportage, Hyundai Kauai, Mazda CX-5, Nissan X-Trail and Chevrolet Equinox. Among the worst places we can find the Mitsubishi Outlander, which had the right to the “basic” classification, because it did not significantly reduce the speed and run over the pedestrian. But the worst of all was the BMW X1, which has not been awarded any score, from far to worse, due to the fact that it did not slow down or reduce speed at all.
BMW M3 vs. Tesla Model 3. Which is faster?
Although disguised as a family vehicle, the BMW M3 is a sport of respect. With 450 hp, there are not many who will face it, so this battle against the Model 3 of Tesla seems lost. But will it be? The BMW M3 is a reference whenever it comes to sporty cars where you can carry your family. But do not be fooled by its four-door body, the generous space behind or even the nice luggage compartment with 480 liters. In M3, from the chassis to the mechanics, everything was designed to accelerate fast, to bend quickly and to assure immense enjoyment to those who sit behind the wheel. Having said that, a duel with the Tesla Model 3 seems, at the outset, a matter of counted fava’s for the German family sport.
If the M3 is the best sporty four-door BMW 3 Series, the Performance version is, at least for now, the sportiest of the Model 3. One model and another have similar lengths, with BMW announcing 4.67 meo Tesla 4.69 m. But if the length equals, the weight not so, given the need for the Tesla to carry a battery pack on board, especially in the Performance version, which mounts two electric motors and the Long Range accumulators, the higher capacity (in principle , with a capacity of 75 kWh), which should imply a weight of around 450 kg. So it is not surprising that while the German model announces 1,635 kg, the American raises the bar up to 1,847 kg. They are 200 kg which, when accelerating (or braking and bending), will make a difference. As for powertrains, the normal M3 relies on its supercharged six-cylinder in-line engine, with 3 liters and 431 horsepower, in addition to 550 Nm of torque. But the BMW used for the drag racing race was the M3 Competition which, among other details, raises power to 450 hp and assembles a fast double clutch and seven-speed gearbox, which makes it even more effective. Faced with this adversary of respect, the Model 3 Performance mounts two electric motors, each on top of its axis, which in total add up to 456 hp. They are more 25 hp than the M3, but not in order to compensate for the extra weight. But there is something that favors the Tesla, more precisely the 639 Nm force that puts at the disposal of those who drive, a value higher than the 550 Nm of the BMW and, to sum up, is virtually instantaneous. If we analyze the values announced by both models, it is obvious that there is some balance, since both are limited to 250 km / h, although they could reach slightly higher values. In the accelerations, the BMW M3 announces 4.1 seconds to reach the 100 km / h, but as there is still no similar value homologated for Model 3 in Europe, where the model is not for sale yet, we are going to rescue the values to the American market. Here, the M3 claims 3.9 seconds of 0-60 miles (96 km / h), while the Tesla declares a value of 3.5 seconds for this Performance version. However, when equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, it can exceed 60 miles in just 3.2 seconds.