BMW is developing a new modular platform Neue Klasse, which in the future will form the basis of all models of the German brand – from electric cars to hybrids and cars with engines running on gasoline or diesel. According to Automotive News, Neue Klasse will replace the current UKL and CLAR aggregate bases.
In its basic configuration, the Neue Klasse is an electric rear-wheel drive platform (four-wheel drive is also possible) that can be scaled to suit both compact and full-size vehicles. According to the automaker’s plans, the transition to the new “bogie” will allow to bring the share of electric cars in the model line up to 50 percent by 2030.
In the meantime, the company uses two platforms, UKL and CLAR. The first one was presented back in 2014, on it were built compact front-wheel drive models, including the MINI brand. The CLAR architecture appeared in 2015 and formed the basis for BMWs with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, as well as the iX3, i4 and iX electric cars.
Earlier it became known that BMW does not intend to abandon the development of next generation internal combustion engines, despite the impending tightening of environmental standards in Europe and the transition to Euro 7.
In parallel with the development of new internal combustion engines, the automaker will develop the direction of battery cars. By 2021, BMW will bring the iX electric crossover and i4 liftback to the market, and by 2023 it will be present with electric vehicles in almost all market segments.