Report – BMW bringing the i5 around 2020 packing range extender as an option image

The BMW I family has reentered the rumor mill as new details and reports are painting a bright picture for the eco-friendly range.

We’ve been treated over time to numerous reports and speculations concerning the model that would be placed in between the city-dwelling all-electric i3 and the flagship i8 plug in hybrid coupe. A new report is here to shed some light about the developments, as the publication is citing Henrik Wenders, BMW i’s chief of product. Apparently the executive has tipped the upcoming member will be an electric car in the same vein as the i3 instead of a hybrid approach that would mimic the i8. Much like with the i3, the upcoming i5 would also be offered with an internal combustion engine to serve as range extender as an option. “The range-extender plays an important part in the next years when range remains a limiting factor and a source of anxiety,” commented Wenders. “Of course, once we get to a range that is more comparable with that of an internal-combustion engine it will become obsolete.”

The architecture underpinning the third i family model, called FSAR, short for flat battery storage assembly will also make use of a carbon-fiber structure and might become a crossover, as in the associated renderings. The body concept isn’t definitive yet, so there’s also speculation about a sedan version. “We are thinking of a new i model above it (the i3) to attract families, and that means it must be capable of being the first car in the household. We are still working very hard on the usage concept,” also added Wenders.

Via Car and Driver via BMW Blog