The BMW i5 is scheduled to hit the market in 2015 and the model will be an MPV based on the i3 which will target the Toyota Prius+.
According to the guys over at autobild.de, the German based automaker BMW will launch a new model in 2015, which will be named the i5 and will go against the popular Toyota Prius+. Our source is telling us that the BMW i5 will be a midsize version of the i3 and it will basically come as an MPV, with sliding rear seats, a large cargo area and a high roof. Even if the original news of the BMW i5 said that this will actually be a four-door sedan version with a coupe styling, it seems that the automaker will go into the “green” section with this model.
The BMW i5 will use an electric motor, just like the i3 Concept, which will be mounted onto the rear axle, and will generate a total output of 167 horsepower and have a peak torque of 250 Nm (184 lb-ft). Autobild.de is also saying that the automaker will develop another version, which will be powered by a three-cylinder gasoline engine, in order to expand the model’s range. This unit will develop 89 horsepower. Prices for the BMW i5 are expected to start at 50.000 EUR.