We all knew that BMW ’s future i line-up would include the i3 hatchback and the i8 supercar - both electric vehicles - but new spy shots have revealed that the company is also testing a prototype for an i sedan. This newest i model will be launched after the i3 and the i8, so don’t expect to see it on the market until early 2014.
We think the mysterious i sedan will also be an electric model because, well, the other two are, but also because it looks like there are wheel hub motors, electric motors, powering the front wheels. There is also the fact that the both the fenders in the front and back don’t exactly fit and the vehicle is sporting some really narrow tires. All of these quirks lead us to believe that BMW is working on a bigger sedan within the i-family. No other details have been provided, but expect to see an electric engine delivering a little bit more power than in the i3 (rumored to have a 170 HP electric engine).
UPDATE 01/26/2012: According to reports from AutoBild, BMW is developing the i5 midsized MPV as a model that bridges the gap between the compact i3 and the high-end sports car that is the i8.
Details behind the i5 have yet to be revealed, but as a mid-sized MPV, we’re making guess-timates that it’s going to feature a high roof, sliding rear seats, and maybe even a large cargo space. It could also carry an electric motor similar to the i3 while featuring a similar futuristic design language that plays right into the elements of both the i3 and the i8.
The BMW i5 is expected to be introduced in the coming years, possibly as soon as 2015. We don’t know if that’s soon enough for us, but we’re definitely interested to see how the third member of BMW’s "i" family looks and what kind of powertrain it carries.
There are so many auto shows throughout the course of the year that it’s hard to keep up with all of the cool concepts brought to each one. Then again, some of these concepts are so outlandish that they will never see the light of production day anyway, leaving us with the feeling of being offered a delectable chocolate cake only to be reminded of our New Year’s weight loss resolution.
Even if production chances are slim for some, concepts hold a special place in all of our hearts because of the attention to detail automakers put into them. Automakers use these concepts to put out just how much they are capable of doing and quite possibly may do on their future models.
It’s been a while since we’ve been able to grab any photos of the new BMW i3 , but after months and months of waiting, our spy photographers have been able to snag a few pictures of BMW’s newest i3 prototype. This newest prototype was recently spotted on the back of a truck in the south of Germany, revealing more details on the development of the future electric car.
This i3 prototype has its headlights in the correct position and reveals that the placement and angle of the roof line and C-Pillar mirror that of the i3 concept . Another interesting observation can be made of the electric car’s doors. The doors, like the doors of the Mini Clubman , are suicide doors, meaning that the front door needs to be opened in order to let the back seat passenger out.
The 2013 BMW i3 will be powered by a powerful 170 HP electric motor that will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in under 8 seconds and up to a top speed of 93 mph. The car will have an autonomy between 80 and 100 miles in mixed driving, making it the perfect vehicle for those everyday short trips.
In the past few years everyone’s focus has been on improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. In fact, new regulations are popping up all over the world pushing every auto maker to think of new environmental solutions and BMW is among the first to announce an impressive solution for the future. Their new "i" brand " is about the development of visionary vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design, and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability."
The first concept announced in the new i line-up is the i8 - a preview version of the production model set to follow in 2013. The BMW i8 Concept is a sports car that features intelligent and innovative technology. It is based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car and features a unique plug-in hybrid solution that combines a combustion engine and an electric drive system to create an extraordinary driving experience complemented by extremely low fuel consumption and emissions.
UPDATE 09/16/2011: During its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show BMW officials have confirmed that a production version of the i8 will arrive in 2014. That was the good news. The bad news is that despite the fact that the production version will keep most of the concept’s powertrain features, the exterior and interior will be heavily modified. (AutoGuide)
UPDATE 12/23/2011: The new BMW i8 Concept has been the star in the latest Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol movie. Today we have added new images from the red carpet of the film’s U.S. premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. Enjoy!
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BMW recently unveiled the i3 and i8 concept cars, which piloted the beginning of the company’s new greener and more sustainable i brand. We highly doubt that BMW would be putting all of its energy (no pun intended) into just two electric vehicles, so when we caught wind of some rumored future BMW i models, we started to pay attention. According to BMW insider Scott27, the company is already preparing two new vehicles - the i4 and i5 - which should debut sometime towards the end of the decade.
The BMW i4 will be a sportier version of the i3, translating into a 2-seats mini-sports car. It will feature a plug-in electric or range-extended electric drivetrain. The BMW i5, on the other hand, will be a mid-sized four-door sedan with coupe-like design cues. It will feature sleek aerodynamics and rear hinged doors, while being powered by the same powertrain found in the i8. Both models will use the same cutting-edge CFRP technology as the other two BMW i models.
These may only be rumors right now, but it would be hard to believe that BMW would not want to capitalize on being the first brand to have a full lineup of electric vehicles. The future is green, folks, and BMW i s already ramping up their marketing efforts for their new subbrand, so filling in the slots between the i3 and the i8 probably isn’t too far-fetched.
Following the reveal of the sporty i8 , BMW has announced a second concept by the name of the i3 . The new i3 is much more suited for everyday driving when compared to the high performance nature of the i8 and is BMW’s first series-produced all-electric car. It focuses squarely on the mobility challenges of the future in urban areas and, as the first premium electric vehicle, reinvents hallmark BMW attributes for the drivers of the future.
The i3’s electric motor delivers a total of 170 HP along with a peak torque of 184 lbs-ft. The all electric setup allows the peak torque to be available from a standstill, making the i3 a very agile vehicle. In terms of performance, the new i3 can make the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds, while top speed is limited to 93 mph.
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