New details are now emerging from the rumor mill surrounding the upcoming release plans of the largest luxury automaker in the world – BMW.
While the rumors have been pretty much centered around the introduction of an all-new i5 eco conscious model in the near future – with the reports unable to decide if it would be a regular passenger car, a modified version of the i3 or even a crossover, it appears BMW is already planning another model for the green roster – the i6. This one should be a sedan and it would come mid-2020 – it would have about the same dimensions of the regular 3 Series but would deploy an all “new ‘flat-floor’ component set” that has been researched and developed for electric autos. Also pitted it’s the continued use of carbon fiber while power would come from two to four electric motors – receiving electricity from a future improved lithium-polymer battery pack that should come with up to three times more energy than today’s iterations.
Up next is the much rumored 9 Series flagship model – which according to the latest rumor flying around the block would come as a luxurious four-door coupe taking cues from the long-wheelbase 7-Series. With an early 2020 release, the cabin will feature a 2+2 arrangement and powertrain options will be very diverse: twin-turbo V8, plug-in hybrid with six-cylinder and even a flagship M960i or M9 with elegant V12 and 650 hp (484 kW). Also pitted is the use of an upcoming Rolls-Royce electric powertrain for the next Phantom that would also make the jump to the 9 Series.