When BMW announced its i family, with the i3 and the i8, a new member of the family was also expected. It would be the i5. No one knew what it would be. A sedan? A new hatchback? Now the British magazine AutoExpress says it will be a crossover. Although we take everything AutoExpress publishes with a pinch of salt, that makes perfect sense.
Crossovers are now a hot market segment. And it is the second model Tesla chose to produce after developing its first project, the Model S. It is good to remember the first Tesla, the Roadster, was built over the Lotus Elise platform.
A crossover would be the easiest model to develop, considering BMW would just have to create a larger and taller i3, as AutoExpress’ rendering suggests. There have been rumours of a stretched i3 as the new i5. Maybe this is what the “stretched” meant. The structure presented by the i3 also helps: it is composed by the Life Module, the carbon fiber cabin, and the Drive Module, the one that has all the powertrain components, made of aluminum.
Promising a range in excess of 320 km, the new i5 format has not been decided, according to Ian Robertson, a BMW board member interviewed by the British magazine. Anyway, BMW is paying a lot of attention to Tesla. And will keep an eye on the sales of its newest addition, the Model X, a crossover with “eagle-wing” doors at the back. Since it will very likely be a bigger hit than the Model S, we should really expect something similar from the i family. Check the magazine website for more renderings of AutoExpress’ bet.