Rumor: BMW i5/i7 to target Tesla Model S

Rumors | February 11th, 2015 by 7
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The rumormill churns out new info on the BMW i5. The long-time rumored midsize electric car has been mentioned before in the same sentence with …

The rumormill churns out new info on the BMW i5. The long-time rumored midsize electric car has been mentioned before in the same sentence with the Tesla’s Model S, but has gone from an electric car to a hydrogen-based drivetrain several times. Now according to CAR, the i5 or i7, whichever name BMW will settle on, would arrive in 2018 and it’s known internally as the F18 PHEV project.

It’s based around the long-wheelbase four-door 5 Series architecture designed for China; the stretched platform helping accommodate the bulky batteries required for these vehicles, as well as liberating extra space for bodies. The suspension, steering, brakes and the basic packaging is said to be imported from the upcoming G31 5 Series, while the drivetrain of i5/i7 has evidently been inspired by the i8.

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The layout actually is allegedly like an i8 with the combustion engine up front and the main e-motor in the back. Although it is labelled PHEV, is in fact an electric vehicle with a more powerful range extender. The i5/i7 boasts two e-motors. Depending on the driving situation and the momentary performance duties, it can be electric front-wheel drive, electric rear-wheel drive or petrol-electric all-wheel drive.

The front electric motor develops 204 hp, while the motor in the back is good for 95bhp, sources say. This brings the aggregate target output to 400kW or 544 hp.

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Even though the CAR’s sources mention an 80 miles electric range, we believe that larger battery pack will be able to deliver significant more range than the current i3 and i8.

The design has not been finalized and the design team seem to favor a mix of current 6 Series Gran Coupe and the new 7 Series.

If 2018 is the target launch date, we believe a concept could appear as early as next year.


7 responses to “Rumor: BMW i5/i7 to target Tesla Model S”

  1. Curt says:

    How can it “target” a Model S if it isn’t a true electric vehicle?

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Because of the range, design, premium look.

      • Bob says:

        BMW used to be about the Ultimate Driving Machine which meant no compromises. A PHEV is a compromise and won’t feel at all like an 85D or P85D. It would be wonderful if they went back to competing with companies via the old methodologies.

        • Anonymous says:

          A PHEV isn’t a compromise. It’s a solution to a problem many people see with pure EVs. Just because it’s not exactly what you want doesn’t mean it’s the wrong way to do something. And it’s certainly not wrong because Musk says so. PHEVs are a way to introduce people to pure EV driving and is an interim solution until electrical energy storage tech matures further and the infrastructure to go with it.

          Also, not everyone wants something to feel like a Model S. I certainly don’t want a big boat of a car like a Model S. I really don’t care it goes in a straight line fast. Any muscle car can do that. If I wanted a cushy air suspension with luxurious amenities I’d just get a Mercedes. Hell, if all I wanted was the “luxury” features the Model S had to offer I’d just get a Ford. They’re comparable equipped. Actually, I think Ford offers more gadgets and tech. And I certainly don’t want to wait around 30 minutes to “fill up” on my long interstate road trips.

  2. CDspeed says:

    I knew Tom Moloughney was wrong, he said if you buy an i3 REx, BMW will take that as a sign that you want more range, and their next EV will have more range. But I thought BMW would take REx sales success over the BEV i3 as a sign that customers wanted a generator. Now it sounds like I’m right : /

  3. jason bourne says:

    Pretty ugly rendition… Why do all of these artist’s concept images look like the car’s been squashed by Godzilla?

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