Rumors About The Next Hybrid BMW i5


BMW is in the first place in the performance of electric vehicles, among the four German automakers. Only last year alone, the company launched the BMW i3, it’s a new, fully electric hatchback, as well as a stylish BMW i8 hybrid sports coupe.

Currently, it is reported that the automaker is in the early stages of producing another hybrid with a large range, and completely electric. The vehicle is said to have more features than the upcoming flagship models. The new hybrid will go under the name of BMW i5. According to rumors, this idea of a new hybrid sedan is made in order to compete with Tesla’s car.

If this is the case, then we believe that the new model lags behind in development, as it will reach dealers’ offices at the end of 2017 or even 2018, the new Tesla is likely to be much earlier.

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The BMW i5 is rumored to be built on the LWB 5 sedan series, which is specially built for the Chinese market. It will also borrow design from the upcoming BMW 7 Series, while its proportion will be similar to the Gran Coupe series.

Some of the features of the BMW i8 will also find their way into the new i5. The car is expected with new laser lights, which, we hope, will be accepted for use in the US. Insider sources show that the vehicle will not use carbon reinforced plastic body as previously thought.

The reports also believe that it can not use aluminum chassis from BMW i3 and BMW i8. The exact details are strictly protected, so now most of them are speculation.

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However, time passes and the vehicle approaches its debut and we will have more accurate information. In the interior, we expect the vehicle to show everything to establish a luxurious style as the norm in the top version of the BMW models.

Thus, the new i5 will be provided with premium leather upholstery and state-of-the-art gadget technologies, an infotainment entertainment system, and a fully-equipped security package amongst other competitors.

Design Concepts

The Internet is now buzzing with arguments about the new engine of the car, which will be installed in i5 sedan. While some talked about hydrogen engines, others were completely on the electric platform and at the same time most of them were hybrid. Now we can reliably confirm that the sedan BMW i5 will introduce E-Drive technology, which the manufacturer demonstrated last year with the BMW 5-Series GT Concept.

Hybrid Powerplant

According to Autobild, in a German magazine, 2018 model year BMW i5 will most likely have a hybrid E-Drive technology that will combine a 218 HP engine with two electric motors in front and in rear. The front engine will produce 150 horsepower, and the rear engine get 272 horsepower.

All engines are combined to produce a total output power, which in combination will produce 642 horsepower. The car with this engine will accelerate to sixty in less than five seconds, and the top speed will be limited to 155 miles per hour.

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When It Goes

It’s still too early for us to get official information about the price or the release date of the car. In fact, we believe that the car is still in the initial stage of development. The new i5 in 2018 is expected to debut in dealerships in the last quarter of 2017 or early 2018.

As the debut takes place, we will inform you about the actual prices, so stay tuned for more information. Nevertheless, we believe that the New i5 of 2018 will have a starting price of more than $100,000.
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