BMW i5 Expected to Debut in 2015


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BMW Blog is reporting that the rumored BMW i5 will debut in 2015.

“BMW i5 will debut in 2015.”

Says BMW Blog.

BMW i - More Are on the Way

BMW i – More Are on the Way

Think of the i5 as a BMW i3 with four real doors, seating for 5 and more cargo space.

We’re certain that the i5 will bare almost no resemblance to the i3 in terms of external appearance.

However, it’s likely that the i5 will featured the same CFRP as the i3 and perhaps even be powered by the i3’s electric motor.

We certainly hope BMW fits the i5 with a battery pack that has substantially more capacity than the unit found in the i3.

If BMW could make an i5 with a range if over 100 miles, then there’s no doubt it would be a success.  If range is less than 100 miles, then it’s likely destined to fail from the get go.

Though it may debut in 2015, we don’t expect the i5 to go on sale until 2016 or 2017.  Right around the same time Tesla’s Gen III launches.

See Autobild’s interpretation of the i5 below:

Source: BMW Blog

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“f BMW could make an i5 with a range if over 100 miles, then there’s no doubt it would be a success. If range is less than 100 miles, then it’s likely destined to fail from the get go.”

That’s a matter of opinion. I think as long as the still offer a range extender, 80 miles of range is sufficient.

The real competitor here is at present Tesla Model S, and the i5 shoul realy have something like the Range of an TSM, without a Range extender. If they manage to do what they have done with the i3 in construction and weight that should be possible without a range extender.

Yes, but doing it Tesla’s way increases the cost dramatically. I’m glad Tesla is there to fill the high-end EV niche. But I’d rather see BMW getting more middle class people into EVs and the way to do that is with a smaller battery pack and a range extender.

i3 starts at $41,350 + $925 destination fee = $42,275

Tesla starts at $69,900 + $1170 destination and regulatory doc fee = $71,070

There is not much room there to offer a car in between those prices that offers significantly less range than a base Model S.

Since when are 5 series cars for the middle class?

And when this goes on sale, so will Tesla’s Model E, which will have at least the range of the current base Model S (EPA 208 miles) and meet your MSRP expectations.

In other words, BMW is missing the boat yet again.

Though, to be fair, the carbon-fiber based technology is brilliant, at least in terms of weight reduction. It will be interesting to see how it fares in crash tests compared to the Model S.

Until Tesla has shown and demonstrated this product, and announced an official price for it, I am calling it vaporware. I believe Tesla is banking on some sort of future battery improvement in order to bring this product to market at the price point they are hinting at. I hope they do succeed, but I’m personally going to make a prediction that their 3rd generation product will be either 1) Late to the game, 2) more expensive than predicted, 3) less range than predicted.

BMW, on the other hand, has a proven technology and they can definitely bring a product to market in that price range using a combination of batteries and a range extender.

Tesla seems to be the only EV manufacturer that does deliver the range they promise. Elon Musk has said many times they Don’t need a battery breakthrough to deliver the Model E with 200 miles of range. Because they use commodity cells, their battery costs are lower than everyone else. I suspect the Model E will cost closer to $40K than $35K, but that is still an amazing deal. The 75-100 mile cars will look pretty obsolete when it arrives.

The problem is that a 200 miles range is to short, you would need at least 400 miles for a pure ev.
On the other hand if you have a range extender on board you can be fine with 100 miles ev range for most of your drivings and still capable of a long range trip of 400 miles.
In the end of the game, both approches of 125 KWh battery for 400 miles or 30 KWh+Rex for a 400 miles will be interesting according to each customers needs.

If the target market is city dwellers, than there is need to go 100 miles. Heck, I’ve driven my Leaf now for 1,000 days and only charged it to 100% 35 times. I usually charge it to 80%. I fit the average city person by driving 25~40 miles/day. Dragging around a heavier battery while rarely using it makes no sense.

How about standard size, off the shelf Michelin tires for the i5.
I think the i3 unique tires are holding sales back.


That would certainly be a worry for me. Those odd tires will probably be over $1000 a set, instead of $500 for leaf tires. That is a lot of dough every two years . I realize its a BMW but if you take away the monitary savings you might as well drive a 328.

Every two years? Either you drive a staggering amount of miles, or you buy the worst possible tires…

The tires won’t be unique anymore if they start putting them in other car models… and by making more, it should bring the price down.

This is less fugly than the i3…

Which, unfortunately, isn’t saying much…

“We’re certain that the i5 will bear almost no resemblance to the i3 in terms of external appearance.”

I assume this is a facetious statement? They are establishing a sub-brand. The i3 and i8 struck the common design language…I fully expect the i5 to fall somewhere in between, roughly as the graphic above illustrates.

Given the current i3’s price point, it seems the i5 would line up against the Model X, not the Model E. BMW seems to be going out of their way to protect their traditional sedan sales. I wonder how long before they have to cave and bring a real BMW-badged EV sedan to market.


Even when the Model E comes out, there will be plenty of room in the market for a BMW i5 and others.

I guess a $1,900 a month lease after $5k down ? 😉

The prices are obvious. BMW, like all other “premium” manufacturers prices the next model up at the top price of the next lower model. i3= 45k-55k. i5=55k-65k. the range will be greater because it’s a larger car with room for larger batteries and marketing dictates it.

“If range is less than 100 miles, then it’s likely destined to fail from the get go.”

By 2016/2017 the range will have to be 125-150 miles if not greater, otherwise the competition will make it obsolete by default…

It dosn´t matter Cars with bateri is dead anyway 100miles or not… Full Cell, is what NeXT.. It take 2-3minutes to fill up, and you got like petarol about 4-600miles of fuel.. Batteri sucks.. but the main problem is not how diffecualt it is to make it, the problem s ONLY the geverments willa llow Full Cell to come forward. because Full Cell tech.. is diffault to control because its a self supplied and easy refueled system.. and that are not instrsting for the goverments around the World, because they can´t control taxes as easy as petrol and diesel, but Battery car are charaged from the main socket, and that is easy to controll.