Next BMW i5 to look more like regular BMWs than the i3 and i8

BMW i, Rumors | March 24th, 2017 by 10
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The next addition to the BMW i family will be a new model which is likely to be sold under the i5 badge. Rumors around …

The next addition to the BMW i family will be a new model which is likely to be sold under the i5 badge. Rumors around a third i model have been going around for years now, with several contradictory reports that mention the next i car being either a fully electric sedan, a crossover or even a hydrogen-powered car.

But according to our sources, the next BMW in the i series will be indeed called the i5, but instead of having a design built upon the i3 and/or i8, it will look closer to “regular” BMW models.

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Furthermore, the car is said to be much farther along in development than many believe, but unfortunately we don’t have a definitive launch date.

Last month, speaking exclusively to Auto Express, BMW’s member of the board responsible for sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, said: “Having recently had the final design review, you can assume that it’s a bigger car rather than a smaller one, and you can assume that the packaging for the next generation of batteries has to be accommodated in such a way that gives the car a certain proportion.”

BMW is also expected to include a Level 3 autonomous technology in the i5, a significant step forward from what’s currently being previewed in the 5 and 7 Series. Eventually the i5 is said to be capable of level four and five autonomous driving, where occupants have hardly any input.

Whether the i5 will arrive together with the iNext in 2021 remains to be seen, but for now one thing is clear – BMW is looking to throw a Tesla competitor in the mix.

10 responses to “Next BMW i5 to look more like regular BMWs than the i3 and i8”

  1. guest says:

    Unless they style it after the lunar module, how could it NOT look more like a “regular” BMW than the avant-garde i3 & i8?

  2. johnbl says:

    Are they guys and dolls at BMW looking at the $35K entry price for this i5..then they might have a chance! I have to say that since I picked a second CPO 2014 BEV i3..I’ve been more satisfied with my dealership experience in PHX area ..this could be a turning point for me in passing up the Mod 3.

  3. Giom says:

    It would be disappointing to me, I rather like the fact that the i models look distinctly different to their petrol brethren. I really thought BMW had something good with the unique i styling – and knew it. Still, I can’t see the i5 looking anything like/or sharing any similarities with the G30. Like the article said, batteries do play a big role in the design. As long as you don’t doubt it’s an ‘i’ model!

  4. Fritz says:

    Not a bad idea.

  5. Eddie says:

    I like the look of this! The Model 3 should have been a crossover or hatchback. Would probably sell even more as everyone is flocking to SUV’s.

  6. M98987 says:

    Those photos of the i5 look good, would go with that.
    Like the higher seating and upright driving position of the i3, those are Advantages.

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