Last month, the rumormill churned out that BMW is closing in on “the final stages” of deciding on a new model to join the i3 and i8. The new electric vehicle will likely carry the i5 or i6 moniker, but its final design is still a mystery.
Many believe BMW will produce a compact sedan to take on the successful Tesla Model S, while others are putting their bets on an electric crossover which will not only tap into BMW’s growing electric demographic but will also cater to BMW’s large SUV customer base.
According to Autocar, the SUV design is leading at the moment and could be the car that BMW will announce before 2020. The folks over at CarAdvice decided to illustrate the electric SUV by using design cues from the BMW i3 with the proportions of a small crossover.
Lightweight construction and materials are at the center of the project, so expect to see lots of carbon fiber and aluminum.
When it comes to the drivetrain, the report says the i5/i6 will have between two and four electric motors and might even have an all-new lithium-polymer battery pack. The new battery technology is reportedly half as cheap to build as today’s batteries but with more than triple the energy capacity.
Whether BMW is bringing an i5 first, followed by the i6, still remains to be seen, but the next two years should bring some light over BMW’s plans, whether those are electric or hydrogen.