BMW's electric small car range will reportedly see the i5 model launch in 2015. Joining the i3 compact hatch and i8 sports car, the i5 will fill the void between the two models and subsequently complete the range.
According to Autobild, the i5 will be a midsize version of the i3. Essentially, the i5 will be MPV with a high roof, sliding rear seats and a large cargo area targeted to the Toyota Prius+ MPV. This is contrary to previous reports that the i5 would be a four-door sedan with coupe-like styling.
Just like the BMW i3 Concept, the i5 will use an electric motor mounted on the rear axle which produces 167 bhp (125 kW / 170 PS) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque. Furthermore, there will also be a version equipped with a gasoline 3-cylinder range extender engine that produces 89 bhp (66 kW / 90 PS).
Prices will most likely start at €50,000.