The German based automaker BMW is planning the development and introduction of a new “i” range model, the so-called i5.
BMW is taking things slowly, evolutionary speaking, and after introducing the first ever front-wheel drive car in its history, the 2-Series Active Tourer, the model has decided to offer “green” vehicles too, in the shape of the newly revealed “i” brand. This is currently offering its customers a choice of two vehicles, the i3 hatchback and the i8 sports car but, according to a recent report, the lineup will soon expand with the addition of a third model.
The guys from AutoBild, in their newest issue of the magazine, are telling us that the upcoming BMW i5 is just three years away and it will be similar in size to a 5-Series. The model in question is expected to get a similar plug-in hybrid assembly under its hood to the one of the 5-Series GT Hybrid Concept, meaning that we will see a 218 HP (160 kW) gasoline burner, backed up by two electric motors, with 150 HP (110 kW) and with 272 HP (200 kW).
The total output produced by this system stands at 640 HP (471 kW). The new BMW i8 will actually be based on the long-version of the 5-Series, aimed currently at the Chinese market, and it will be bringing some design features from the new 7-Series flagship. If you were wondering when this will be hitting the market, chances are that 2018 will be the lucky number and it should cost about 100,000 euros.