BMW Marking: Li Vs. il Vs. i (Explained!)

Many people wonder what the meaning of the names of the BMW markings is. BMW means Bayerische Motoren Werke. BMW is included in one of the “German Big 3” luxury automakers. 

In English, Bayerische Motoren Werke means Bavarian Motor Works. The BMW is unique in terms of how they name their car models. However, even now, many people are still wondering what the meaning of all the names in BMW is. 

The terminology of the BMW has a lot of alphanumeric combinations designed for its models. If you compare it to an Audi, BMW uses a slightly different type of combination. The other terminology of the BMW uses numbers like one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, and eight. 

An alphabet then follows these numbers. The alphabets include “I,” “d,” and “x.” There are also some alphabets like “M,” “X,” and “Z.” To the layman, these numbers and letters might mean nothing, but they have meaning. 

So many people are asking what the meaning of Li, il, and i is. So now, we will help you get some enlightenment in terms of the terminologies of the BMW regarding their car models. So let us get started.

BMW Marking

What Does Li BMW Mean?

When we say Li, it means it is a new design that is for a long wheelbase. It is meant for long injected. The L in the BMW 7 series means it is for the long-wheelbase model. 

What the “i: ” means is that it stands for direct-injected. This direct-injected is a gasoline model vehicle. So if you put two together, the Li would now mean that it indicates that the model is powered by gasoline and a long-wheel-based model. 

You should also know that the seven series is the only lineup of the BMW that offers the customers a long-wheelbase model. So the Li just means long injected. 

The L is a little bit long in wheelbase. So the Li has a longer wheelbase that is longer. It also has a wide rear door. 

BMS is designed to have an additional length so that it can be used in making the person feel comfortable sitting in the back. So if you want to be driven around by a chauffeur, get this one.

What Does Il BMW Mean?

When we say Il, it means that it is a long wheelbase. This model has only a standard length and a long wheelbase. 

So if you are more into the extreme, go for Li if you want more space. Go for lI if you want to be alone.

What Does I BMW Mean?

When we say I, it means that it is fuel injected. The i also means that it does not have the luxury of the Li of more wide space in the rear area. 

So if you want to be more comfortable in the back, choose Li. If you want to be alone and like to drive yourself, you can choose the i.


In summary, BMW has always had interesting names for their BMWs. With that, a lot of people are asking what the definition of each terminology is. 

Their names would be made from numbers and alphabets. Each number and each alphabet mean something. They will describe their modes using these names.

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