RM Car Design gives us new renderings of the highly rumored BMW i5 Crossover, or by some accounts, the i6. According to Car Magazine, CEO Harald Krüger, his R&D and design chiefs Klaus Fröhlich and Adrian van Hooydonk are embracing the idea and sketches of a crossover to resemble the proportions of the Citroen DS5.
The renderings shown here show a crossover-like design with a sloping roofline, raise driving height, i8-like kidney grille and aero elements from the i3 and i8. The rear end also gets some cues from the i8 hybrid sportscar along with aero-designed wheels.
The new i6 will likely be packed with the latest and greatest tech developed by BMW, including iDrive generation 6, more efficient batteries and a third new architecture, this time for bespoke electric vehicles. The new FSAR architecture/platform features a flat floor above a sandwich section to be filled with batteries. It’s conceived as a modular platform, allowing it to stretch or shrink.
The big question remains around the drivetrain, choices being pure battery electric vehicle (BEV), hybrid, fuel cell. To reach 60,000 units a year, the i6 will likely boast a more varied material mix, including carbon fiber.
BMW execs are said to favor a new lithium-polymer battery, which is reportedly capable of tripling the energy capacity to about 500kWh, while cutting costs in half. This technology, which is supported by key suppliers like Bosch, reduces the weight of the battery pack required for a real-world driving range of 300 miles from 600 to 200kg. Power would be transmitted to the road by either two or four electric motors.
The release date is scheduled sometimes in 2020.