LEAKED! – Japanese patents reveal the new BMW i5

The BMW i5, expected to be the next i product besides the i3 and the i8, has appeared in Japanese patents. While some said it would be a sedan, the drawings reveal a hatchback. Check them below.

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The bad news is that, apart from the appearance, we have very little information on the new car. Some websites have said it will be presented in 2020, but we believe it will be presented way earlier than that. The next Frankfurt Motor Show, in 2017, is a very good bet, considering these patents must have only been filled after the final design was defined. In other words, this car must be almost fully developed, just waiting for the right time to be introduced. BMW would not wait so much to present a Tesla Model S competitor, especially if it already has electric products that are for sale.

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The new i5 will present interesting characteristics, such as the suicide rear doors (a Rolls-Royce inheritance?), the floating roof and the photovoltaic surface on the roof, which should aid the car to power some systems, such as the climate control. Expect the i5 to be similar in room offer to a 5-Series, even if it is somewhat smaller than the traditional sedan. It should also retain the Life and Drive structures and offer a very interesting performance. We’ll soon get to know more about the vehicle. Earlier than some predict, for sure.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.