These BMW patent renderings are simply of a research vehicle

Rumors | November 6th, 2015 by 13
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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.

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