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Electric and hybrid cars continue making their way across every manufacturer’s lineup as restrictions on emissions become stricter each and every year. BMW has already jumped on this bandwagon with the introduction of the 2015 i8 and 2015 i3. According to a new report from CAR Magazine, however, the Bavarian automaker is set to unveil a more traditional, three-box i model that it will call the i5 or the i7.

Rumored to arrive in 2018 and rival the immensely successful Model S, the i5/i7 will roll in boasting a gasoline powerplant and a pair of electric motors. Though it seems like a valiant effort, can a range-extended EV like the i5/i7 really challenge the Tesla Model S for alternative-fuel supremacy?

Click past the jump to read my full preview of the i5/i7 to find out.

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BMW Trademarks i1 Through i9 in Preparation for its EV Onslaught

BMW Trademarks i1 Through i9 in Preparation for its EV Onslaught

The rights to these names add to large list of names

BMW has now trademarked all names from i1 to i9, adding it to a list that also includes iX1 through iX9 – signifying that German brand is about to unleash a furious lineup of electric vehicles to combat those from rivals like Mercedes which will be boasting its EQ brand in the coming years. Along with these new trademarks, new reports from BMWBlog imply that the entire BMW range could, indeed see full electrification. This new strategy, it seems, will see BMW present as many as 25 electrified vehicles, at least 12 of which will be all-electric within the next decade, or 2025 to be more specific.

Chairman of the Board for BMW, Harald Kruger, has confirmed that BMW does own the rights to all 18 names. “Our i story enters the next round. Going forward, all electrified BMW models will be under the BMW i brand. And I can tell you one more thing: We have not only secured the naming rights for BMW i – from i1 to i9. We also hold the rights for BMW X – from iX1 to iX9,” Kruger told press member at a sneak preview of upcoming BMW products.

Furthermore, you can expect to see an all-electric Mini hitting the market in 2019, which will ultimately be followed by a battery-powered version of the BMW X3 in 2020. Just one year after that in 2021, the new iNEXT should come in 2021. There will also, with near certainty be an i5 added to the mix somewhere in the next 5 years as well. The all-electric future is here folks. We might as well, sit down, buckle up, and make the best of it.

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2017 BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

2017 BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

Is it a preview of the i5... or maybe the i7?

With the EV war in full swing and every manufacturer trying to prove their dominance in this small but growing segment, it came as no surprise that there were plenty of EV and future concepts display at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. One such concept was the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept – a model that previews a production model that will slot between the BMW i3 and BMW i8, and most likely the BMW i5 that we thought for sure was coming to Frankfurt this year. Whether or not this thing is anywhere near being ready for a shift into production remains to be seen, it has a pretty wild exterior design but, as a sedan, it will slot in nicely below the i8. It features a futuristic-like exterior design, along with an all-electric drivetrain.

As of now, details about this specific concept are scant at best. BMW hasn’t even enlightened us with any information about the interior and has given us very little about the drivetrain itself, so this is pretty much a best guess scenario. It’s also one of the 12 promised, pure-electric models that will grace Bimmer’s lineup by 2025 and stand next to another 13 electrified/hybrid vehicles. With that said, it’s time to take a good look at the latest vision concept and see what we might be able to expect from the mysterious and evasive i5 or maybe even an i7 since the i5 could end up being an SUV according to a report back in 2016. So, there are a lot of unknowns here, but that just means we can have fun with it. Let’s get to it.

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BMW i Vision Dynamics Previews Tesla Model S Fighter

BMW i Vision Dynamics Previews Tesla Model S Fighter

A first look at what could become the i5

In 2011, BMW made a big step toward an electrified future with the BMW i sub-brand. Two years later, thei3 city was unveiled, followed by the i8 sports car in 2014. Ever since the i3 arrived in showrooms there’s been talk about BMW planning to expand the i family with a sedan that would go against the Tesla Model S. Come 2017 and BMW finally confirmed those plans with the i Vision Dynamics. Launched at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, it’s the company’s first all-electric sedan and likely previews a production model that should be unveiled by the end of 2018.

Part of the brand’s "Number One > Next" strategy, which should see 25 vehicles with electrified drive systems — include 12 all-electric model — arrive by 2025, the i Vision Dynamics is a "four-door gran coupe" that showcases how BMW sees future EV mobility "between the i3 and the i8." In short, this concept car previews a sedan that’s much larger than the i3, but slots below the i8 in terms of performance. Sounds like the German firm is working on a four-door EV that could compete with the popular Tesla Model S.

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BMW i5 Will Now Be An SUV, Timetable Set For 2021 Launch

BMW i5 Will Now Be An SUV, Timetable Set For 2021 Launch

No confirmation yet from BMW, so read with a pinch of salt

Initially thought of to come in sedan form, the BMW i5 is now reportedly taking the shape of an SUV instead as the German automaker seeks to leverage the model with the growing popularity of the segment. According to Autocar, that’s the direction that BMW is now going to after multiple reports in the past connected the i5 as a sedan model that Bimmer was developing to take on the Tesla Model S.

Apparently, it’s now setting its sights on the Model X instead and there are already some supposed discussions of launching the model sometime in the early part of the next decade, possibly as early as 2021. In the meantime, BMW’s i division is setting its sights on developing the i8 Roadster with an eye towards launching it in 2018. Details are still scarce about what the i8 Roadster will look like or what it will carry, but reports have pointed to the concept version that was revealed in 2012 as a close representation of the production model and the possibility that the roadster will share the same powertrain found inside the coupe version.

If it feels like BMW is keeping too much information surrounding the future state of its i division close to its chest, that’s because that’s exactly what the company is doing. From CEO Harald Kruger to the company’s head of sales and marketing Ian Robertson, nobody from within Bimmer’s management has expounded on these future plans. For his part, Robertson did say that opening a new sub-brand is a long-term process and that the company is still “at the very early stages of i,” hence the reason why some of the company’s plans, including the makeup of the i5, are still in a state of flux. “Just as with M [Division], there are opportunities that take time to build up, from i cars to i Performance products to i kit, such as an electric scooter.

So while this new report seems to point to the BMW i5 now taking the shape of an SUV, it’s important to know that those plans have yet to be set in stone until BMW actually confirms it, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

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Patent Applications in Japan May Have Provided A Glimpse Of The BMW i5

Patent Applications in Japan May Have Provided A Glimpse Of The BMW i5

Is this what’s going to end up being the BMW i5?

Much has been said about the BMW i5 and its place in the German automaker’s i sub-brand. Many expect it to be BMW’s answer to the Tesla Model S but those assertions were hardly backed up by anything concrete. Now it appears that the first piece of the i5’s puzzle has been revealed in the form of patent drawings filed in Japan revealing a vehicle that looks a lot similar to the BMW i3, albeit with the sedan configuration that may tie it up to the long-reported i5.

Multiple reports have even placed this patent as the first sign that the i5 is drawing closer to becoming a reality. Granted, no details were given about the car’s design, but the characteristics do make it seem like the i5. For one, it’s longer than the i3 and has the four-door configuration that makes it a sedan. The front section looks subdued, but that could just be because of the flat gray shade of the patent imagery.

The angular headlights bear similarities with the BMW i8 while the kidney grille looks layered in some respects. Move to the side and there are a few things worth noting, including the body lines that rise up towards the rear, the somewhat tame wheel arches, and the somewhat surprising use of suicide doors. The rear is without question the busiest part about the patent design. Similarities to the i3 are evident here, including the stocky rear quarter panels and the taillight configuration that sits a lot higher from the ground compared to the smaller i3.

To be fair, it’s not the design we imagined the BMW i5 would look like when we made renderings of the car in 2015. But these patents, if accurate, could be the first look we have of the actual i5. Let’s hope that BMW sheds some light on this because the hype surrounding the car is already bubbling to the surface.

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BMW i5 Will Arrive In 2018 With 640 HP

BMW i5 Will Arrive In 2018 With 640 HP

When it comes to BMW’s new i car, alternately dubbed the i5 and i7, there’s been plenty of speculation but very few facts. Now it appears as though more kindling will be added to the rumor bonfires surrounding the Bavarian’s next alternative fuel vehicle. This latest prediction places an i5 badge on the long-wheelbase 5 Series sedan chassis, with a 640-horsepower hybrid drivetrain shoehorned underneath. The new model could arrive as early as 2018, with pricing set in the ballpark of 100,000 euros ($106,570).

Citing a report from the German magazine Autoblid, BMW Blog says the new i5 might come equipped with plug-in hybrid eDrive technology, combining a 218-horsepower ICE with two electric motors, rated at 150 horsepower up front and 272 horsepower in the rear. That means the i5 will be AWD, just like the i8, and should have enough muscle to post some serious performance figures. Not only that, the report states the i5 will have up to 125 km (78 miles) of electric-only driving, while the gas engine can be switched over at speeds where road noise is louder than the exhaust note.

Based on the LWB 5 Series sedan built specifically for the Chinese market, the i5 will draw design cues from the future 7 Series and have proportions similar to the 6 Series Gran Coupe. North America and China are supposedly the target markets, and 30,000 units per year will be built.

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2018 BMW i5

2018 BMW i5

Electric and hybrid cars continue making their way across every manufacturer’s lineup as restrictions on emissions become stricter each and every year. BMW has already jumped on this bandwagon with the introduction of the 2015 i8 and 2015 i3. According to a new report from CAR Magazine, however, the Bavarian automaker is set to unveil a more traditional, three-box i model that it will call the i5 or the i7.

Rumored to arrive in 2018 and rival the immensely successful Model S, the i5/i7 will roll in boasting a gasoline powerplant and a pair of electric motors. Though it seems like a valiant effort, can a range-extended EV like the i5/i7 really challenge the Tesla Model S for alternative-fuel supremacy?

Click past the jump to read my full preview of the i5/i7 to find out.

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BMW's Tesla Model S Competitor Will Be Called i5 or i7

BMW’s Tesla Model S Competitor Will Be Called i5 or i7

BMW has established a firm footing in the EV market with the recent introduction of the i8 and i3, but it could be on the verge of creating a more-conventional, higher-volume i-series EV based on the next-generation BMW 5 Series sedan. CAR Magazine is reporting that BMW is developing the new sedan – possibly called the i5 or the i7 – to go head-to-head with the Tesla Model S, and it could be previewed as a concept this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

A production version of this plug-in car is expected to come in 2018, and it will likely use a more powerful version of the EV drive system currently in the i8. This would start with a larger-displacement gasoline engine acting as a generator, while the electric drive system could see a motor at each axle versus the i8’s front-axle-only setup. The article states that this car could very easily have a total system output of 544 horsepower along with an all-electric driving range of 80 miles.

While that range is far less than what the Model S currently offers, the range-extending engine would give the BMW the ability to drive longer distances and use gas for quick fill-ups rather than having to hunt for an EV charging station. As far as the styling is concerned, that’s still unknown, but the article does show a very interesting, i-inspired rendering.

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