BMW i Vision Dynamics Previews What Could Be The i5

BMW is showing its i Vision Dynamics in Frankfurt, which is believed likely to be a progenitor of the i5 when it reaches showrooms in 2021.

If so, the all-electric four-door sedan concept revealed yesterday at the Frankfurt auto show would be the third model in its i-Series lineup. BMW is mulling a plug-in hybrid variant of the Gran Coupe as well, it aims at luxury car buyers familiar with the BMW 4 and 6 Series.

While the BMW press kit do
es nopt once utter the name of “i5,” Wards Auto identifies it as the long-anticipated BMW i5 when it reaches production level. Other media sources, including BBC’s Top Gear, also call the electric luxury sedan the i5.

Whatever the name ends up being, the German automaker says it will go 0-62 mph in less than 4 seconds, will reach a top speed over 124 mph, and will be able to go up to 373 miles on a single charge. BMW typically goes by Europe’s NEDC range standards, which are much more liberal than U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations.

“The i model we have planned for launch in 2021 will incorporate our fifth-generation battery-electric system – a step that will take us to the next level,” said BMW R&D boss Klaus Frohlich.

The company sees it as a step forward in the NEXT 100 campaign launched last year. That advanced design concept heralded the company’s 100 year anniversary whiel pointing to future design language and technology.

Exterior design for the i Vision Dynamics is similar to the Vision Next concept, with a distinct kidney grille, headlamps, and contoured front hood.

It offers “a look ahead to the e-mobility experience of the future with a new level of sporting elegance,” BMW chief Harald Krueger said.

“With the BMW i Vision Dynamics we are showcasing how we envisage future electric mobility between the i3 and i8: a dynamic and progressive, 4-door Gran Coupe. We are electrifying the heart of the BMW brand,” Krueger said.

It will be one of 12 pure-electric models in the 25 new vehicles launched by 2025 with an electrified drive system, the company said.

As for a plug-in gas-electric variant, “We’re still deciding on what we’ll offer,” Fröhlich said, while confirming the platform would support it and look also for autonomous capability he said.

Wards reported Fröhlich saying BMW i models of the future would stand out from other company nameplates with Level 3 and Level 4 autonomous-driving technology by 2025.

The BMW i Vision Dynamics will be built on the automaker’s existing CLAR (cluster architecture) platform. The platform is expected to be used in other new models of the future with the choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.

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Energy density will come from BMW’s fifth-generation battery system. The company calls it “a big leap in energy density and overall range” over the existing i3.

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