2017 BMW i5 – Rendering

BMW i | May 13th, 2014 by 4
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In 2017, BMW will launch their third electric-vehicle nurtured by the BMW i sub-brand. The long-time rumored BMW i5 is already way into development as …

In 2017, BMW will launch their third electric-vehicle nurtured by the BMW i sub-brand. The long-time rumored BMW i5 is already way into development as somewhat confirmed in a previous article by Jacob Harb, the Head of EV Operations in US.

“You can probably take an educated guess at the next thought process, something a little bigger, maybe a little more range, relative to the i3. We’ve got everything trademarked and we’re exploring the best, next iteration. It is coming. It’s in development now.”

The new midsize BMW i5 will cater to a slightly different demographic than the i3. It will be an eco-friendly electric family vehicle with plenty of space for five passengers, equipped with regular front-hinged rear doors to facilitate easy ingress and egress for the rear passengers.

2017 BMW i5   Rendering

BMW engineers think that by adding just 100mm of extra legroom and another 150mm of rear overhang, they can create a spacious family EV hardly longer than a MINI Countryman.

Creating the i5 is potentially a much cheaper and simpler operation than stretching a conventional steel monocoque car, as the i3 uses a separate chassis. Lengthening it is mostly a matter of extending the chassis’s longitudinal aluminum extrusions. Also extending the pillarless passenger cell is mainly a case of stretching the roof and floor sections. Only the rear door structure would have to be completely re-engineered, although the hinge and clamp systems would be unchanged.

The battery technology will also be improved, a larger lithium-ion battery pack than in the i3 which could lead to a driving range close to 200 miles.

2017 BMW i5   Rendering

Car and Driver says that the BMW i5 will be sold in the most important global markets, at a price competitive with the entry-level versions of the Tesla Model S, which the i5 will aim to trump in telematics and assistance systems, as well as general fit and finish.

Tesla Design Chief: “BMW i3 is like an IKEA piece of furniture”

Power will come from BMW’s permanent-magnet AC synchronous electric motor, likely to be rated at 170 horsepower, which will power the rear axle through a single-speed transmission.

Just like the i3, an REx (Range Extender) model will be offered as well.

SEE ALSO: Should I Buy The BEV i3 or i3 REx?

The BMW i5 could be launched in 2016 as a 2017 model. It will cost around $50,000.

[Source: Car and Driver]

  • Juan Manuel Martinez

    I would expect (like) the power to be closer to 200-220hp, Assuming this is going to be 400 or more pounds heavier than the i3 it needs to, Electric Torque helps, but this should be a little more performance-oriented, specially when they expect it to go agains the Tesla.

    Again, I’m not in the target demographic bracket, (yet?) But well, this is a BMW after all.

  • CDspeed

    If it is just going to be a bigger i3, I’m done, I’ll move to a brand that isn’t planning a family of electric hatchbacks. I like hatchbacks but they can’t expect BMW-i to last on city hatchbacks and exotic sports cars. And they need to dump the REx if they can’t find a place to put it without ruining interior space, besides if they could give the car an all electric range of around 200 miles or more you wouldn’t need it. And seriously if it were priced close to a base Tesla Model S but was just a bigger i3, why wouldn’t you just go for the Tesla, it still has a hatch but it’s a sleek sports sedan.

  • Zane G.

    Nothing against the electric cars, theyre not for me, but I have nothing against being economically friendly. On the other hand, BMW is a luxury and performance vehicle company, and my only issue with this concept is the looks and design. It looks horrific. Make it electric, or whatever, just make it still look like a BMW. bimmerhq.com

  • Arne

    I’ve had several traditional BMWs, and a New Mini, but after a few weeks as an i3 owner, I want an i5 estate to replace my 3 series touring. The 2016 5 series that I was waiting for, suddenly seems old fashioned…

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