BMW has revealed its i Vision Dynamics concept – an electric car that previews the i5 saloon due in 2021
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- BMW previews i5 electric saloon with i Vision Dynamics concept
- Borrows styling cues from the i3 and i8
- Battery range could be up to 375 miles
- Production model could arrive in 2021
BMW has revealed its i Vision Dynamics concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. This curvy saloon previews a production electric car called the i5 – destined to be the third model in BMW’s electric ‘i’ range after the i3 and i8. The production model is expected to arrive in 2021.
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The Vision Dynamics concept shown at Frankfurt is thought to resemble the finished i5. Its swoopy styling is similar to BMW’s other Gran Coupes and it appears to be roughly the same size as the company’s 3 Series. There’s a full-length sunroof on the concept, similar to the one on the X7 concept, and this would be an optional extra on the production model.
The headlights and brakelights will be toned down before it goes on sale, but are likely to remain a similar shape. We also expect BMW’s signature ‘kidney’ grilles to change before production – they’ll probably be made smaller and more closely resemble conventional grilles.
The interior is expected to borrow a lot of parts and the layout from the i3, with updated technology and perhaps a wider range of trim materials. It’s likely to continue the i3’s minimalist approach, with a small digital screen replacing traditional analogue dials and a second floating screen to control the infotainment and navigation. Headroom might not be as good as the boxier i3, although rear passengers will benefit from enhanced leg and shoulder room.
Engines and driving
In theory, the electric i5’s range could be as much as 375 miles, but that figure will be hard to replicate in the real world, with driving style, the environment and weather conditions having a big impact on that total. BMW says the battery-electric powertrain is at the ‘next-level’ compared to the i3. It’s also thought that the car will be able to drive autonomously in some limited situations.
Despite the i5’s green credentials, it should be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in four seconds – about as fast as the recently revealed Audi RS4 – and on to a top speed of 124mph.
Price and release date
The production i5 is expected to be released in 2021 and BMW is looking to have 12 fully electric models before 2025. The new model could cost from around £35,000 and rise up to around £50,000. See the other exciting new cars revealed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.