Without going into too much details, BMW’s CEO Harald Krueger told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that a third i-badged model could join the range and slot between the i3 and the i8. However, he refused to elaborate on this subject and it’s not known at this point when the car will actually see the light of production day. There are some voices close to BMW indicating the model will be labeled as the i5 and is going to be a more practical sedan targeting families.
If the reports are legit, the BMW i5 will apparently be a more spacious and frugal alternative to the 3-Series Sedan and will have enough space inside for four adults and the necessary luggage. It’s unlikely to come in a conventionally-powered guise as rumors suggest it will have a pure electric hardware setup by mixing up a rear electric motor pushing out 225 bhp with a front-mounted second electric motor delivering somewhere in the region of 135 bhp. Interestingly, there could also be a plug-in hybrid version teaming up a rear-mounted electric motor with 275 bhp working together with a range-extending gasoline engine with either three- or four-cylinders.
The BMW i5 Sedan is expected to tip the scales at less than 1,564 kg and will be offered as standard with an AWD torque vectoring system and is set to employ a similar construction as the i3 and i8 which both benefit from an extensive use of carbon fiber to keep the weight down low while boosting the car’s body strength.
BMW previously said that a hypothetical third “i” model won’t come out before the end of this decade, but chances are an official launch will occur sometime in 2019. The model will allegedly be built at the same factory in Leipzig, Germany where the aforementioned i3 and i8 models are produced.
Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung