The BMW i3 is already a success and the Bavarian manufacturer already announced that it will boost the output of its first electric vehicle. If you believe that the vehicle is too small, we might have some good news for you as insiders confirmed that BMW is currently considering a new family car that will use a stretched version of the i3 platform.
The new model will probably be called i5 and it is expected to offer more interior space and extra legroom. The new family car of the i-brand makes perfect sense as it will also be cheaper because BMW will just need to stretch the conventional steel monocoque car because the i3 uses a separate chassis.
Still, the rear door structure of the i5 will need to be reengineered. We expect the new i5 to use the same electric motor as the i3, which delivers 170 hp (125 kW) and 250 Nm of torque (184 lb-ft). The BMW i3 is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 seconds, while top speed is limited at 150 km/h or 93 mph.
The i3 has an electric range of 80-100 miles (129-160 km). If you want a better range, BMW offers a Range Extender which consists of 650cc two-cylinder four-stroke petrol engine that generates 34 hp. The new Range Extenders increases the total range of the car to 160-186 miles (257-300 km).
i3 offers three driving modes – Comfort, Eco Pro and Eco Pro+ - as well as a single-pedal control because when the driver takes its foot off the accelerator, the electric motor switches from drive to generator mode, feeding power into the lithium-ion battery. It takes 3 hours to charge the lithium-ion battery up to 80 percent.
The Bmw i5 is expected to offer an electric range of almost 200 miles or 320 km/h thanks to a larger lithium-ion battery pack.