BMW i5 “already in the works”

Rumors | October 19th, 2013 by 11
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The rumor comes as no surprise since the idea of a BMW i5 has been floating around for a while now

According to UK magazine WHATCAR?, a source says that a BMW i5 model is already in works.

The rumor comes as no surprise since the idea of a BMW i5 has been floating around for a while now. As we anticipated, the success of the Tesla S model has only helped BMW and validated the need for premium electric vehicles. The UK outlet says the Tesla S has already convinced many within the company that there is potential for a model larger than the i3.

The likely name for the car is BMW i5, a designation that indicates a larger vehicle, if we were to follow the typical BMW naming convention. Design wise the BMW i5 is said to be a combination between a crossover with a raised seating position and and a typical sedan.

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“We are having these discussions right now,’ said the insider, ‘and no decision has been taken. In fact, there’s still not an absolute decision that the car, if it is called i5, should even happen. Many, including myself, believe that there is potential. Then if we decide the car should happen, we need to decide if it is a regular sedan or something where the passengers are sitting slightly higher up.

‘Then after that we need to decide whether a car of this size can be a fully electric edition, like the i3, or whether it needs to be a range-extender – or perhaps even a plug-in hybrid. That could ultimately be the best solution for that model; we don’t know yet.”


An i5 model will allow for longer commutes and extended road trips, a concern that initial EV customers have. An i5 crossover like will also speak to customers looking for more interior space and an SUV-like ride with the benefits of a plug-in hybrid or fully electric vehicle.

Just like the other i models, the BMW i5 will make extensive use of CFRP and lightweight materials, areas in which BMW has massively invested in the last years.

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11 responses to “BMW i5 “already in the works””

  1. Giom says:

    The i3 is already a smaller car than the 3 series. So, I don’t think we can assume that the i5 would be 5 series in size. Due to the vastly differing mechanical layouts of the i brand cars, packaging opportunities would be radically different from their conventional stable mates. My guess is, the exterior would be 3 series in size, but bigger inside.
    I hope they style it to be as sleek as soap. Think i8.

  2. Jreed says:

    Looks similar to a DS5 in side profile!

  3. CDspeed says:

    It almost sounds like a 5-series Gran Turismo, car like with a high seating position.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      I hope not. That 5GT was a mistake.

      • CDspeed says:

        I like the 5GT, I’ve had my 550i GT since 2010. I bought it as an SUV alternative after trading in my X5 4.8i, and have had a lot of compliments on it’s looks. The interior is spacious and it has excellent cargo versatility. It’s always felt like a 7-series for 5-series money with the practicality of a good hatchback. I’ve always felt that the 5GT was misjudged, when in premiered people compared it instantly with the Mercedes CLS, which is the wrong car to compare it to. That comparison got the 5GT off to a bad start, it started life with criticism, if the Gran Coupe had come out first I think people would have understood the 5-series based hatchback.

      • Giom says:

        How can you say the 5GT was a mistake? Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean it’s a mistake. Take CDspeed for example, and me, for that matter, and the thousands of GT buyers out there… Just saying.

        • Horatiu B. says:

          Design wise…def a mistake. Practicality, maybe. But the back end of the car is terrible.

          • Giom says:

            What do you think of the LCI, rear end is more ‘main stream’, which is ok, but, to me, the first one was unique and stately.

          • CDspeed says:

            The rear end looks fine, it’s a hatchback it’s supposed to be a bit high and boxy, but unlike a 5-series touring the 5GT has a fastback roofline.

  4. Z says:

    Make it 5-series touring size and 500+ km range and 150+ KW DC charging capable and I’ll get one right away. Ohh. And for lower price than a Tesla. Otherwise I can just get that instead…

  5. Mike says:

    It does look a bit like the DS5 when you look at it side on

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