Is This the BMW I5?

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

A recent patent publication in Japan may have just revealed the BMW i5.

The patent has been registered to BMW and was originally filed earlier this year in April, but was just recently published. The images reveal a vehicle that looks similar to the i3, but is sleeker and a bit longer while sporting four doors – all styling characteristics that would fit in with an i5 model.

Since last year, there have been plenty of rumors and speculation on the BMW i5 and in last December, there was a report that the German automaker was in the “final stages” of making a decision on the body style.

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At the time, BMW board member for sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, said the BMW i5 would either be a lengthened version of the i3 or a traditional sedan to rival the upcoming Tesla Model 3.

It is believed the BMW i5 will arrive sometime by 2020.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Perry F. Bruns Perry F. Bruns on Oct 05, 2016

    Without that ridiculous door dip from the i3, this looks decent, if a little like a Lexus and a Citroen loved each other very very much.

  • Jo Jo on Oct 06, 2016

    finally they know how to design aerodynamic rims!