Next BMW i Car Gets Internal Name Of Project iX

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 18

BMW i5 Rendering

BMW i5 Rendering (via rmcardesign.com)

BMW i5 Rendering

BMW i5 Rendering (cia rmcardesign.com)

Details on the next BMW i car continue to trickle out.

It’s believed that the next i car will be called either the i5 or i6, and will launch sometime around 2020, however BMW isn’t confirming any of this information at this time.

What we do know is that BMW has given the next i car an internal name/code, so it’s definitely in the works. The project is called iX.

Automobile reports the following:

“The third i-car has molted more than a snake, starting off life as a bigger i3 before becoming a minivan of sorts and then a sedanette with a stubby rear end. Now it’s a four-door hatchback with subtle SUV elements—bigger narrow-width wheels, additional contrasting cladding, and a less androgynous design—and a steel-intensive architecture.”

“The underpinnings of the BMW i5 are known internally as FSAR, short for flat battery storage assembly, and are related to the standard rear-wheel-drive modular system, CLAR, so that multiple vehicle architectures can be channeled through the same factory. FSAR and CLAR will soon share more powerful software technologies such as Ethernet and faster 5G mobile telecommunications—prerequisite for fully autonomous driving.”

So, much is still up in the air, but with an internal code (iX), it seems the next i car is at least confirmed and development is underway.

Source: BMWBLOG

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18 responses to "Next BMW i Car Gets Internal Name Of Project iX"

  1. evcarnut says:

    0000000HH AAAAAAAHH WOOOO W0W Big Ancient Chinese secret..N000body cares! Maybe They’ll get it half *ssed right this this time! may be too little Too late by 2020…. l o l

  2. ffbj says:

    Ooh, how mysterious of them.

  3. Ian says:

    Competition is starting with EV’s. I think you will find the times tables for these vehicles pushed up to the 2017-2018 production year to get the edge on other automakers so they don’t get edged out by their competitors. 2020 won’t cut it.

    1. mr. M says:

      There is only one flaw in your assumtion. If everyone moves his production to 2020 no one is edged out…

  4. alohart says:

    “a steel-intensive architecture”

    That rules it out for me living in a humid, salty environment 🙁 Our i3’s aluminum and CFRP architecture seems like the way forward in terms of low weight and high corrosion resistance. Steel, even the high-strength variety, seems like the wrong direction, but maybe aluminum and CFRP aren’t easy materials to use in a mass-produced vehicle.

    1. Alpha777 says:

      Hard to believe they’ll go with steel, after building an iFactory that uses aluminum and carbon fiber.

      1. jerryd says:

        alpha, since the i3 is as heavy as a steel version, it is hard to justify it.
        Sad thing is done right in medium tech composites would weight, cost only 60% as much for the same performance, range.
        So just why isn’t BMW taking advantage of CF lightness?
        They should have left off the alum frame and made it all composite as no real reason for the frame.
        If the body can stand crash forces, it is strong enough to take road forces by far.

        1. Alpha777 says:

          That is a question.
          They have a massive aluminum tub for the battery, and the suspension and engine to hang off of.

        2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          jerryd said:

          “…the i3 is as heavy as a steel version…”

          Reality check: It’s several hundred pounds lighter than it would be if it had a steel body.

          “They should have left off the alum frame…”

          Is there some reason we should believe that the BMW engineers did not have a good reason to put an aluminum frame into the car?

          Looks like a case of armchair engineering on your part.

          1. 3laine says:

            Jerryd / FreedomEV makes this same claim every time the i3 comes up, but can never back it up with examples of similarly sized and equipped cars that weigh “hundreds of pounds less” than the i3.

  5. Alpha777 says:

    An i5 would be great. But, two electric motors, for 4 wheel drive would be better.

  6. Nix says:

    looks good.

  7. techguy says:

    Must compete with tesla X range (minimum 85kwh battery) or they can forget it.

  8. Joe says:

    The i3 is heavy because for some reason BMW chose a battery technology with low specific energy. IIRC it’s under 100 watts per kilogram at the pack level. Tesla’s battery is more than double the energy density.

    1. 3laine says:

      The i3 is heavy?

  9. John MB says:

    2020! what is wrong with this picture..all I can think is dealership pressure is keeping them out of the market..

    1. mr. M says:

      Or maybe some carmakers choose a normal development cycle of 6-7 years for a new car. Do it right from the beginning, thats a good way.

  10. David says:

    What are the reasons for BMW moving to a “steel-intensive architecture”. Isn’t that going to make the vehicle much heavier and harder to maneuver?