Several rumors around a future BMW i car surfaced in the last few months. The one mode that always gets mentioned in reports from around the world is the BMW i5, a crossover-like electric car which aims to take on the successful cars developed by Tesla.
According to sources, 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.
Automobile says the third i-car started 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 and a raised driving position. 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.
These new renderings from OmniAuto perfectly describe the future i5: high ground clearance with a crossover-style.
Whether BMW will call it the i5 or i6, or any other name, it remains to be seen, but what it’s almost certain is the fact that the new electric car will arrive before the end of this decade. Along with a new design, the third i car will also employ some of the latest and greatest technology advancements in telematics and autonomous driving.