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Rumor: BMW plans an i5 model

BMW i | February 6th, 2012 by 16
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The idea of a future BMW i5 comes to focus again. Back in August 2011, we first reported on a possible i5 model coming to …

The idea of a future BMW i5 comes to focus again. Back in August 2011, we first reported on a possible i5 model coming to market in the future to further extend the i brand. German magazine Autobild brings forward new information on the midsize four-door electric vehicle.

The rumormill churns out that the design strategy is still being discussed, but one would expect to see i-specific cues, such as sleek aerodynamics, rear hinged doors and appropriate space for four people. The i5 is said to take a high roof, sliding rear seat and a spacious trunk.

The BMW i5 would likely use a rear-wheel-drive platform with a 170 horsepower electric motor mated to the range extending gasoline engine producing another 90 horsepower. The i5 will also use cutting-edge CFRP technology in their construction.

Pricing is a purely speculative subject at the moment but Autobild hints at a base price of 50,000 euros.

First BMW electric vehicle from the i sub-brand, the i3, will officially launch in 2013. A year later, the i8 sports car comes to redefine the high-end market of luxury cars.

  • Guest

    Hip rendering.

  • Guest

    Hip rendering.

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  • Giom

    Jip, that rendering is very close to the ‘i’ brand identity, and looking very good! Can’t wait to see where this is going!

  • Giom

    Jip, that rendering is very close to the ‘i’ brand identity, and looking very good! Can’t wait to see where this is going!

  • Shaun

    This rendering looks great! Makes me wish this is what the new 1series looked like

  • Shaun

    This rendering looks great! Makes me wish this is what the new 1series looked like

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rtcalo Ricky Calo

    Ghey

  • http://www.facebook.com/rtcalo Ricky Calo

    Ghey

  • LaMa

    1st good looking i car. perfect in size as well. I love it. 

  • Rob Krebs

    Thanks for the quick overview of BMW’s plans for an i5 model, Horatiu Boeriu – looks and sounds like it will be a great automobile. Aside from its attractive design, the use of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) will help this vehicle deliver efficiency while providing a safe, high-performance driving experience. Curious to see how this pans out! What an environmentally responsible choice.

    For more on CFRP in cars, visit: http://www.facebook.com/plasticcar and http://www.plastics-car.com  
     
    Rob Krebs, Market Innovations, American Chemistry Council

  • http://www.tyrebaydirect.com/1007-Garage_Equipment.html Garage Equipment

    Wow an awesome car.Nice to have a good drive long to experience it’s performance.

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  • yay

    looks like this rendering is made from a DS5

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