BMW displayed the concept vehicles for its upcoming models during the IAA 2011 but it’s at the IAA 2013 that the production versions will be launched. It would also be in 2013 that the next concept from BMWi will be revealed. The launch will be headed by the i3 and i8, which will demonstrate how the Vision Efficient Dynamics has progressed to fit the production vehicles.
For example, the front end of the car has been adapted to modern standards so that it meets pedestrian impact regulation. BMW reinforced the A-pillars as well as the skin crumple zones at the front and rear for the production versions. While the i3 still appears to be more of a “Concept,” its direction is obvious. The outline will be retained.
In addition, the car’s unusual “stacked” angel eye lights will also be featured in the BMW FWD City Car. The i3 will keep its panoramic feel and like the i8 Concept, it will lose the transparent sides in order to meet side-impact regulation. However, the glasshouse of the i3 Concept will sink deeper and like the i8, it will come with a personalization program.
It could get the body color, a contrasting color, or CFRP panels. BMW is considering a plan to expand the i3 with an extended wheelbase) and the i8 with a cabrio. BMW is also making plans for the i4 and the i5. The i4 will be based on the i3 but it uses technology to place it under a two seater as it is a smaller i8 like the Sports car.
It’s smaller than the i8 but will be more affordable. The i4 will be available with either a plug-in electric or range-extended electric drivetrain. Meanwhile, the i5 is considered as the ultimate challenge for BMWi as it will be a mid-sized four door Sedan-esque Coupe that uses the powertrain from the BMW i8.
BMW is expanding on these ideas with a four door sedan that has a strong BMWi identity and features design elements like sleek aerodynamics and rear hinged doors that open to a four-seater interior.
Advanced CFRP technology will be used to build the i4 and i5. The concepts are expected to appear after the 2013 launch of the i3 and the 2014 launch of the i8. BMWi Concepts are expected to enter full production only towards the end of the decade.