New BMW i car design patents surface, possibly BMW i5

BMW i, Rumors | November 3rd, 2015 by 26
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Mysterious BMW design patents surface on the interwebs in China. According to PCauto.com.cn, these are official patent designs from a BMW filing with the Chinese …

Mysterious BMW design patents surface on the interwebs in China. According to PCauto.com.cn, these are official patent designs from a BMW filing with the Chinese trademark office, but without an official confirmation these drawings could be just a Chinese knock-off.

The car featured here uses a combination of BMW i8 and i3 design cues. It also has a three-door layout and judging by the two door caps on the side of the car, this is likely a hybrid platform.

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At the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, Ian Robertson, BMW’s sales chief, told AutoNews that the next BMW i cars are in the final stages of consideration. “We have a number of options that are in the final stages of consideration” to join the i3 battery-powered compact and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car in the “i” lineup, Ian Robertson, BMW’s sales chief. “The i unit will continue to develop.”

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Even more recently, BMW CEO Harald Krueger confirmed for German magazine Die Zeit that BMW is working on a new electric car which will sit above the i3. Rumors around a future BMW i5 – Krueger has not confirmed the name – have been going around for a while now, but BMW has always refrained from officially acknowledging those plans.

“The new BMW i model will be larger than the BMW i3, that’s all I will say for now,” Krueger said.

And judging by those drawings, the mysterious car is larger than the i3 and with a high ride driving position.

The next BMW i car is rumored to arrive around 2020.

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