The ‘BMW i’ lineup of low-emission, futuristic electrified vehicles currently comprise the i3 and the i8. According to an article published in AutoBild magazine, as translated by BMWBlog.com, the BMW i5 will be the next car in the ‘BMW i’ sub-brand of electrified vehicles. As per this article, the i5 will be a plug-in hybrid sport sedan featuring the Power eDrive technology which was demonstrated in 2014 in a 5-Series GT prototype.
Stating that the i5 will arrive in 2018, the article, however, contradicts a previous report which said that a new addition to the “i” range of vehicles will arrive only after 2020. While the same report suggested that the new “i” vehicle would be a completely new car, this article says that the i5 will be based on the 5-Series long-wheelbase, and gain design cues from the 2016 7-Series and proportions from the 6-Series Gran Coupe.
As per the article, the hybrid powertrain will produce 640 hp, with 218 hp coming from the petrol engine, 150 hp coming from the two electric motors installed in the front and 272 hp coming from the electric motor installed in the rear. Unwrapping more details about the car, the article mentions that the all-electric driving range will be 125 km (78 miles). One of the most crucial details revealed is that an annual production of 30,000 units has been planned for the plug-in hybrid sports sedan.