It was reported in May that Porsche is planning a new BMW 5 Series-rivaling executive saloon with electric powertrain. Now a new report from L’Automobile suggests that this plan has progressed with its concept version, dubbed by the media as the ‘Pajun’ (meaning Panamera Junior), being scheduled for official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) in September.
The concept’s speculative rendering is based on the Panamera Sport Turismo plug-in hybrid concept that was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September 2012.
The concept version could go into production in the future with positioning below the Panamera. It was reported in April that BMW is also mulling an electrified vehicle in that segment, which will be named i5, and launch with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain in 2018.
Porsche’s concept will be solely battery-powered, but the production version going into production in 2018 will be offered with petrol and hybrid powertrain, the report suggests. At later stages, a pure-electric variant may also be offered to compete with the Tesla Model S.
The BMW i5 is said to have a 640-hp hybrid powertrain which will consist of a 218 hp petrol engine, and three electric motors. Two 150-hp electric motors will be installed in the front and a 272-hp electric motor will be installed in the rear. The driving range in pure-electric mode will be 125 km (78 miles), and BMW plans to mass produce 30,000 units of this plug-in hybrid sports sedan per year.