BMW planning i5 family car image

The German based automaker BMW is planning to stretch its new “i” brand with the addition of a new member to the family, a so-called i5.

The announcement hasn’t been made official just yet but according to the guys at Autocar, the third model in the “i” range will slot between the current i3 and i8 and it will be named the i8. The vehicle in question is believed to receive a 150 mm stretched rear overhang, which should provide an additional 100 mm of rear legroom, which should be highly appreciated by people with families, looking into the i3, who are thinking that this is simply too small.

The new BMW i5 is expected to get the same chassis as the i3, but when it comes to the electric motor found under its hood, the model is said to gain a more powerful unit than the one found on its smaller brother, the i3, which is getting 170 HP (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, from the electric motor, along with a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery. The BMW i5 is said to hit the market sometimes in 2015. More details on the model remain unknown for the moment.