Over the last two years we have spoken at length in Carsonsite about BMW i5. A project in which the German house have been working a long time and now finally when it seems they start dropping the first details of what will be the first model to be located between the i3 and i8 of the sub "i "BMW. The most commercial of the three and that is intended to capture a larger share of sales through a niche market that is becoming more exciting and technologically advanced. BMW confirmed that they are working on a larger project that the i3 and not as glitzy and high price as the i8. You already know what we're talking about right?
The BMW i5 will be a midsize sedan and dimensions that will be in the D segment By size will compete in the same sector as other similar sedans such as the Audi A4 the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes Class C. However the focus will be very different because in concept and philosophy will be traced to the Tesla Model S that is an electric sedan with high performance to rival precisely with the American brand Tesla Motors. Seen this way what do we expect exactly the i5?
Smaller than the Tesla Model S but with higher average success
The BMW i3 has been a moderate success amply meeting the expectations of the Bavarian brand and demonstrating that the European market is fully prepared to begin receiving models in this category. The BMW i5 abandon the concept of i3 hatchback in favor of a four-door with the chassis derived from the current 3 Series will be great and noticeably more wheelbase and enough is modified to attach an electric motor on the rear axle with one in the front. Both engines develop a combined capacity of approximately 380 horses. Enough to be very close in performance and features on the asphalt to BMW M3 but with fuel consumption and energy efficiency ... from another planet.
There will be a BMW i5 hybrid gasoline engine is the most successful in sales?
BMW will ensure that the i5 does not fall into monotema and also the electric model also will be sold as a hybrid gasoline engine. This engine is almost certainly a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder that will work in conjunction with the electric motors failing to meet basic data such as whether it will serve to propel the vehicle or only to recharge the batteries and propel turn both engines electric. If the first option the top-end i5 easily fly over 500 horses. And would this really is interesting.
We will see the end of the decade
Months ago and we confirmed that the BMW i5 is not as long-term project and it is true that BMW has confirmed the launch by the end of the decade before it ends. With sales expected to start in 2019 introduced preliminary three years maximum sounds very plausible.