BMW will continue to use the ‘d’ suffix for its diesel-powered models.
According to media reports, BMW could soon be changing the nomenclature for its petrol-powered cars by dropping the ‘i’ at the end.
The change, although subtle, is expected to be made across BMW’s entire passenger vehicle range. This means that the X3 xDrive20i could soon become X3 xDrive20. While the exact reason for the change in nomenclature is yet to be officially announced, reports state that it could be to reserve the ‘i’ exclusively for BMW’s electric range. BMW’s electric range uses the ‘i’ at the beginning, such as the i4, i5, i7 and iX; among a few others.
Reports also suggest BMW will continue to use the ‘d’ suffix for its diesel-powered models. Having said that, the carmaker could change the naming format slightly.
The ‘i’ was first used by BMW in the 1970s as a way to differentiate its fuel-injection models from those using carburettors. However, over time, the ‘i’ continued and became the norm for its petrol-powered cars.
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