BMW has announced it is currently in the “final stages” of deciding the shape of its third “i” model.

BMW has announced it is currently in the “final stages” of deciding the shape of its third “i” model.

Last time we heard, the i5 was supposed to come out after the end of the decade, but now it seems an official launch will likely occur sooner than that. BMW’s board member for sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, told Autocar more i-badged models are on the way and the company is now close to deciding the type of its third “i” model. One possibility is to stretch the i3 to make a mini-MPV model, while another option is to come up with a sedan to take on the upcoming Tesla Model III.

Ian Robertson hinted we will get an idea of the car’s shape next year when the company will celebrate its centenary. His exact words were “we will look back 100 years at that point, but mainly into the future.” It could mean BMW will show some sort of concept that will preview the production version set to arrive at a later date. It’s not known at this point whether the i5 (name not confirmed) will be a plug-in hybrid and/or a full electric model.

Besides plug-in hybrids and EVs, BMW is also developing a hydrogen vehicle programmed to go on sale after 2020 with an adaptation of the Toyota Mirai’s hardware. It will be a big sedan that aims to offer a range in excess of 435 miles (700 km).

Source: autocar.co.uk

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