For quite some time we have heard that the third model of BMW’s i division would be a sedan the size of a 5 Series, but latest news from Munich say otherwise.
The i5 is slotted for a 2020 launch and it will be an alternative to the Tesla Model S. A concept car showcasing the design of the i5 will be unveiled in the future.
The same sources say the i5 production model will be just as spectacular in design as its i3 and i8 brothers, sans the butterfly doors. It will have an attractive appearance, but not sacrifice the comfort of their passengers.
Now onto the drivetrain. BMW is rumored to take the hydrogen fuel cell systems route, similar to the technology previewed last month in Miramas. Using hydrogen fuel cells to power electric motors gives BMWs the kind of power and performance their customers are used to with incredible efficiency and no charge times.
While pure battery-powered electric vehicles are primarily used for city driving and short distances, the fuel cell technology provides the ideal solution for customers looking for a high driving range with zero emissions. The technology is also aimed at cars larger in size, like those 5 Series and above models. The BMW i5 would fit the bill as well.[Source: motors.es]