2017 BMW i5 Rendered

JUL 1 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 12

We'd Sure Hope That The BMW i5 Bares Less Resemblance To The BMW i3 Than Car and Driver's Rendering Suggest

We’d Sure Hope That The BMW i5 Bares Less Resemblance To The BMW i3 Than Car and Driver’s Rendering Suggest

Car and Driver has taken a shot at rendering and speculating on the upcoming BMW i5.

The render, which clearly resembles a stretched BMW i3 with the addition of two real rear doors, is not at all accurate.

The production i5 will clearly break from the polarizing looks of the i3 so that it appeals to a more mainstream group of buyers.

Though the rendering is way off the mark, what Car and Driver speculates in regards to the actual vehicle seems reasonably in line with our expectations:

“It will be sold in the most important global markets, at a price competitive with the entry-level versions of the Tesla Model S…”

Platform: The i5 will share a lot of components with the i3, which itself can be interpreted as a tall, if short, wagon. The interior will be flexible, allowing up to five people to travel in comfort, and luggage space will be generous. Critically, BMW is making room in the i5 for a larger lithium-ion battery pack than in the i3…”

Powertrains: Power will come from BMW’s permanent-magnet AC synchronous electric motor, likely to be rated at 170 horsepower, which will power the rear axle through a single-speed transmission. The i5 will be offered with an optional range-extender, possibly a 1.5-liter three-cylinder from BMW’s new, modular engine family.”

“Estimated Arrival and Price: The BMW i5 could be launched in 2016 as a 2017 model. It will cost around $50K, with available telematics options and a range extender bringing the price close to $60K.”

Car and Driver suggests that the BMW i5 could have an electric range of up to 200 miles, but we purposely omitted that in this article as it’s seems highly unlikely BMW will deliver a 200-mile BEV, especially since the i3 was once promised to deliver over 100 miles of electric range, but has since been EPA rated at only 81 miles.

Source: Car And Driver

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12 Comments on "2017 BMW i5 Rendered"

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Brandon

Why would the i5 be a longer i3? lol

Rob Stark

Because it would be cheaper to make and

The German Auto Companies have a history of serving bratwurst in three different sizes;small,medium and large.

Chris O

+1 try, to distinguish a 3 series from a 5 series or an A4 from an A6 or a Jetta from a Passat or a C class from an E class. All these cars are basically stretched up versions from each other.

Braben

Is there anything in this posting that is not pure speculation?

Jouni Valkonen

No, it is not even reasonable speculation, but utter nonsense.

MTN Ranger

Pure speculation. The i5 will look as different as the i3 is from the i8. The basic shell will still be CFRP on a aluminum frame. But it will look different.

Nelson

….itโ€™s seems highly unlikely BMW will deliver a 200-mile BEV, especially since the i3 was once promised to deliver over 100 miles of electric range, but has since been EPA rated at only 81 miles.

Oh! I’m not so sure about that statement now that Tesla has made its patents available and is actively pursuing partners for the Supercharging Network. How cool would it be if the i5 had a 200 mile range and could get 80% charged at a Tesla Supercharger in 40 minutes? I just hope the i5 has better aero than the i3.

NPNS! SBF!
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Alok

It would be cool indeed!
If it starts at $50k it will actually be in-between next gen Tesla and Model S, and that’s great: less direct competition and more market covered.

John

Wtf Lol? The i5 is not going to be a stretched i3 who ever wrote this and the car and driver articles are dumb

The i5 is going to appeal to more
Mainstream buyers like the i8. The i3 was just a car to appeal to the weird people.

pjwood

C&D would just assume the i5 look like the i3, now wouldn’t they?

Ben P

Well this is what I think the i3 should’ve been. If the i-series takes off, maybe BMW will make such a car as a 4 door i3, with the current i3 rebranded as a coupe/2 door hatchback… I’m just very excited to see where electric cars will be in 3-6 years. ๐Ÿ™‚

John

And this after the last ‘i5’ related article straight from BMW saying they will not expand the ‘i’ lineup unless there’s sufficient demand

http://insideevs.com/bmw-wont-add-more-vehicles-to-i-lineup-unless-theres-sufficient-demand/