These BMW patent renderings are simply of a research vehicle

Rumors | November 6th, 2015 by 13
BMW i design patent 750x500

Two days ago, some mysterious BMW design patents surfaced on the interwebs in China. According to PCauto.com.cn, these are official patent designs from a BMW …

Two days ago, some mysterious BMW design patents surfaced on the interwebs in China. According to PCauto.com.cn, these are official patent designs from a BMW filing with the Chinese trademark office. The assumption was that this is a future “i” vehicle, maybe even the i5, but it turns out that’s far from the truth.

A source in Munich says this is simply a research vehicle which will never see the production line. The car features the hydrogen fuel cell technology previewed earlier this year in Miramas.

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“BMW engineers patented a few things,” our source said. “So of course there is some design support, but a production model would not leave the design department like this.”

The car featured in the renderings used a combination of BMW i8 and i3 design cues. It also has a three-door layout, judging by the two door caps on the side of the car.

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The next BMW i car is rumored to arrive around 2020, but it’s unclear whether it would employ the hybrid fuel cell drivetrain or a fully electric platform.

13 responses to “These BMW patent renderings are simply of a research vehicle”

  1. Nooo! says:

    Noooooo! …looks like shitty Honda :(

    • Matt Stokes says:

      Don’t panic.. BMW R & D does this kind of stuff all the time, doesn’t mean it’s what we’ll see on the roads… Google BMW Z22, or BMW Z29 for other examples

  2. iNoob says:

    Look’s like Toyota Prius, Tesla Model S and a BMW i8 met at an orgie and this is their “lovechild”

  3. CDspeed says:

    Are all hydrogen cars going to use Darth Vader as design inspiration? 😉

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  5. Senne says:

    Luckily nothing to worry about so it seems ! :D I immediately thought this thing couldn’t be a design for a BMW! Nothing like it, except for the kidneys! Would be ridiculous anyway. They would never do that.

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