After months of speculations, BMW CEO Harald Krüger finally confirmed last month the development of a new BMW i electric car. While the BMW boss refrained from specifically naming the new i car, the expectations are that an i5 moniker will be used.
The new electric or plug-in hybrid car is said to be a crossover sedan with some design elements from the i3 and i8. The folks over at auto motor und sport took this to heart and created an i5 rendering with a lot of i8 design influences. The front fascia takes most of the cues from the i8 – sleek headlights, shark nose and oversized air curtains. With the increased dimensions also comes a new side profile with a four-door layout, slopping roofline and hatchback shape.
Sources say a large battery pack in the underfloor ensures that the BMW i5 will sit somewhat higher than the i3, but not at the level of an SUV.
BMW plans to increase the range of the i3 in 2016 with a new battery pack – the range is likely to be go over 100 miles on electric power – so we believe a future i5 could make a significant jump in electric range to around 200 miles.
BMW is under pressure as rivals roll out new vehicles in attempt to beat the carmaker in annual sales. Tesla is also preparing two new exciting electric cars: an SUV, Model X, and a 3 Series competitor, Model 3 in 2017.