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We’ve seen plenty of the i3 and i8 concepts from BMW, and now reports are coming in that BMW is developing an i5 to fill the gap between the two upcoming models. Autobild is reporting that the i5 will be a midsized MPV and looks to target the Toyota Prius V market, but we’re thinking its price tag will put it in a league of its own.
Essentially, the i5 will be a larger i3 with sliding rear seats, a large cargo area and a high roof. It will also probably be a sedan sporting coupe styling and will feature an electric motor just like the i3 concept. The electric motor that BMW has been teasing in the i3 concept has 167-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. There is also the possibility of another variant with a standard gasoline, three-cylinder engine with around 89-hp.
No pricing has been announced, but it’s safe to assume the BMW i5 will be at least $65,000 or thereabouts.
This may look like a BMW 7-Series sedan with some oddball rims, but our spy photographers report that the vehicle in question is actually a prototype for a new BMW i sedan, based on a couple key points.
For starters, there are apparently electric motors mounted in the wheel hubs, which would suggest a new kind of electric propulsion system previously unseen on a BMW. Furthermore, the front and rear fenders look like they’ve been radically altered to fit the vehicle, which further suggests some alien technology lurking underneath the sheetmetal.
If we had to guess, we’d say that BMW is preparing something to bring the fight to the Tesla Model S and Fisker Karma, but there’s very little information to go on at this time.