According to German site AutoBild, BMW will expand its ‘i’ model range of electric vehicle by launching the i5 in the middle of 2019. The 2020 model year BMW i5 will come as a sedan, and with similar proportions to the BMW i3, but with a smaller drive unit (presumably because of technological advances, not because of a less capable unit), the interior is even more spacious.
The site also states that engineers will be focusing on an innovative architecture that will allow for higher unit numbers as a lower cost than the i3 and i8 models it is following.
BMW wants to focus on materials that are easy to use – it will have carbon fiber elements, but unlike the i3, carbon fiber likely won’t be the main material used.
The BMW i5 will weight in at a scant 1.5 tons and is said to have a great coefficient of drag to increase its overall efficiency.
Similar to the i3, the i5 will likely have 2 options – a pure electric version, and a range extended version. BMW’s goal with the electric sedan is a range of over 400 kilometers from the 225 horsepower motor.
For the range extended version, the i5 will have a gasoline powered engine installed to power the front wheels and should have an overall system power output of 400 hp. All wheel drive could be an option that’s available.
The article ended by saying BMW has big plans for the i5 hoping to sell 30,000 units per year in China and North America.
Surprisingly, however, is that no sources for this information are listed, so take everything as speculation. Wait, does that mean we still don’t know anything about the BMW i5?!