BMW’s innovative ‘i’ sub-brand is set to receive a new and all together more conservative model in the form of an electrified i5 saloon. Due for reveal in concept form at the Frankfurt motor show, this leaked info-graphic from a BMW promotional video is our best look yet at the upcoming EV.
Featuring plenty of BMW i-car design cues, the i5 will have a similar front end to the current i3 city car, with a short bonnet and cab-forward silhouette. BMW’s trick of using black bodywork to augment the glasshouse returns here, making the body-coloured roof edges appear to float above the rear haunches, much like on the i8.
Like its siblings, the i5 shares aero-tricking lower bodywork, with a similar tuck to the sill fore of the rear wheels. Despite the concept car status, the i5 looks remarkably close to production, even from these illustrations.
Although we know the i5 is likely to use an electric drivetrain, we are unsure about whether it will offer an internal combustion range extender option like its smaller i3 sibling.
What is more certain is BMW’s integration of the latest autonomous tech, taken from elsewhere in the BMW range, the i5 has been rumoured to offer level-three autonomous driving capability when it eventually hits the road in production form. As a refresher, level-three autonomy will give the car the ability to take full control of all functions, but will still require the driver to take full control in certain driving situations.
Whether the i5 will maintain BMW’s core deliverable of being the ‘ultimate driving machine’ remains to be seen, although as preparation for a future of alternative-fuelled autonomous driving, BMW is clearly not holding back.
We’ll see the concept in full at the Frankfurt motor show next week so make sure you stay tuned to evo.co.uk and all of our social channels for all the latest from the show!