Automobile Magazine wrote a piece today on the rumored BMW i5. Without citing any sources, the U.S. outlet reports that the upcoming i5 will be a Tesla Model S fighter and will come in two forms: electric-only and plug-in hybrid. The i5 is said to have a 225-hp rear motor working in tandem with a 135-hp motor up front. A more potent rear motor will be offered with 275 hp along with a three- or four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels. Torque-vectoring all-wheel drive will be standard.
Furthermore, the outlet says that thanks to the i5’s extensive use of carbon fiber, the curb weight target is below 3,450 pounds. The i5 would use bits of the i3 and i8 with a more basic vehicle architecture in order to create a profitable electric vehicle.
Production of the i5 will likely be assigned to BMW’s Leipzig plant, where production of the 1 Series and 3 Series would be phased out. Production is expected to start in 2019. BMW wants the i5 especially for the customers in China and North America and 30,000 vehicles are planned per year.