According to Automobile, the third i-car starting off life as a bigger i3 before becoming a minivan of sorts and then a smaller sedan. But the latest design iterations are allegedly showing a four-door hatchback with subtle SUV elements. The architecture is also said to be steel-intensive, even though we believe carbon fiber will continue to play an important role in the construction of the future i car.
The underpinnings of the BMW i5 are known internally as FSAR, short for flat battery storage assembly, similar to the modular CLAR platform underpinning several new BMWs allowing multiple cars to be channeled through the same factory.
FSAR and CLAR will also share different technologies, like faster 5G mobile chips which will help with BMW’s autonomous driving plans.
A concept car showing the future i car is likely to arrive sometimes around 2018.