Hopefully the BMW i5 won’t look like this

BMW i, Rumors | December 9th, 2015 by 13
bmw i5 front rendering 750x500

Auto Express UK just unveiled a rendering of the future BMW i5. Using design cues from the BMW i8, combined with the proportions and cues …

Auto Express UK just unveiled a rendering of the future BMW i5. Using design cues from the BMW i8, combined with the proportions and cues of a crossover, the magazine delivered a highly unlikely design of the rumored BMW i5. Auto Express says that while “a Tesla Model S-rivalling saloon or an extended version of the i3 have been rumored, it’s understood from within Munich that an SUV is likely to be favoured by BMW’s hierarchy, and our exclusive images show how the i5 might look.”

But for everyone’s sake, we hope that’s not the case.

bmw i5 front rendering 750x500

In a recent interview, BMW CEO Harald Krüger confirmed the development of a new BMW i electric car. The model is likely to be called BMW i5 and the assumption is that it will be a crossover sedan with some design elements from the i3 and i5. 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. “The new BMW i model will be larger than the BMW i3, that’s all I will say for now,” Krueger said. “We want to expand our e-mobility offering to accelerate the transition towards electric vehicles. Today, many buyers still decide against buying an electric car; demand is still low overall.”

Our 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.

BMW is rumored to take the hydrogen fuel cell systems route, similar to the technology previewed last summer 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.

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.

13 responses to “Hopefully the BMW i5 won’t look like this”

  1. 2sfhim says:

    I still don’t understand the purpose if such an i5. They could just put an hybrid engine or electric engine in the 5-Series and it would look much better.

    • Mike333 says:

      The i series is not built with steel. It’s a lighter advanced solution to car marking.

    • Stian Aarskaug says:

      That would make for a pretty inefficient design. Also, hybrid systems ruin the advantages of an electric vehicle. The latter is a very space conservative design, while a hybrid system forces you to take away a lot of space for an extra engine and the components that follows.

      The i3 is an example of where they really utilize the advantages of an EV. The engine is tiny as hell, and you’re left with a lot of room everywhere, even though the car is super tiny as well. The structure of the battery pack as well as the carbon fiber frame makes it an incredible efficient vehicle.

      So just putting some electric motors and stuff into the 5-series is a stupid idea, especially if you’re talking a hybrid system.

  2. Sina says:

    Hidrogen? Yuuk! My next car will be pure EV!

  3. Nedlands says:

    It should be an suv.

  4. johnbl says:

    “the fuel cell technology provides the ideal solution for customers looking for a high driving range with
    zero emissions.”

    Fool” cell technology is dependent on fossil fuels : Though hydrogen energy is renewable and its environmental impacts are minimal, we still need other non-renewable sources like coal, oil and natural gas to separate it from oxygen. We may reduce our dependency on fossil fuels by using hydrogen but in turn we are actually using them to produce hydrogen fuel.

    • Matt Stokes says:

      Fuel Cell technology isn’t ‘dependent’ on fossil fuels, if the Hydrogen is produced using electrolysis then the electricity used to produce it can be generated either through renewable sources, conventional nuclear, or nuclear to electrolysis. It’s has a potential to be a clean fuel that burning petrol or diesel doesn’t. Granted, that’s a way off, and I don’t think it’s the biggest issue the Hydrogen faces, but it’s not “dependent” on them.

      • Mike333 says:

        electrolysis will never be economic. Methane conversion is the only economic “solution”. However that still leaves you dependent on a non-existant hydrogen infrastructure.

        The i3 solves this. Put in a battery and a range extender gas engine. Problem solved.

        • Matt Stokes says:

          “Electrolysis will never be economic” is a pretty sweeping statement. Waste heat and surplus (or at least off-peak) energy from nuclear power stations can be used to reduce the cost via HTSE applications. Also consider that the dependency on oil producing nations, the ever increasing environmental impacts of fossil fuels, and the volatility of the oil market are all things that have a bearing on the economic viability of any alternate fuel sources. I agree infrastructure is problem.

          I’m not saying Hydrogen IS the future, but we shouldn’t rule it out yet.

          • Mike333 says:

            Electrolysis will never be economic because of physics.
            Directly use the electricity, with no conversion loss in a battery. Or take an energy beating in the conversion process. Never means Never.

  5. Senne says:

    It won’t look like this.

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