In a general discussion with auto journalists at Detroit Motor Show, a senior official of BMW has given some insights over the company's further plans for its i-Series vehicles. Jacob Harb, BMW electric vehicle operations and strategy head, said "You can probably take an educated guess at the next thought process, something a little bigger, maybe a little more range, relative to the i3. We have got everything trademarked and we are exploring the best, next iteration. It is coming. It's in development now".
From the above mentioned words, we can guess that the company is developing a new plug-in hybrid model which is likely to be named as i5. The company is receiving outrageous response for its i3 hatchback which was introduced in the European markets last year. Furthermore, the development of the intelligent yet unusual i8 sports car has clearly shown the BMW's potential to build great plug-in hybrid cars in the world.
Observing the current product portfolio of i-Series, the new BMW i5 will probably be a medium-sized plug-in hybrid saloon. The BMW i3 is designed majorly for the urban commuting, while the BMW i8 is a typical sports car. In that way, bringing a medium sized plug-in hybrid saloon in the market makes lot of sense. However, expecting the i5 in near future will not be appropriate as company's launch plan for the i8 has not been decided till now that makes the possibilities of i5 somewhere in late 2015.