BMW i5 expected to arrive by 2017 with a 200 mile electric range

Article by Christian A., on May 19, 2014

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.

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.

The LifeDrive architecture and BMW eDrive drive advancements create an extraordinary level of independence when speaking to design. The BMW i3 appearance is as remarkable as the sensation of room and on-board drive experience.

A body that measures 3,999 mm long, 1,775 mm wide, and 1,578 mm high provides the i3 with distinct dimensions wherein vibrancy and solidity underscore the vehicle's dexterity in city driving. The BMW i3’s shortened overhangs are also a defined indication to its agile driving traits. Ample glass surfaces give the i3 a captivating airiness and, along with its noticeable carbon structures, give a view into the vehicle's light-weight design.

Using the light, but very rigid, CFRP in constructing the passenger spaces means it can do away with needing B-pillars, so that accessing the two rows of seats very convenient. One of the trademark BMW i features is the black belt that goes from the hood over the roof into the vehicle’s rear Another result of the individual BMW i design motif is the streaming flow sweep of the contours along the sides that provides for larger side windows at the back and that amplifies the substantial sensation of room inside the vehicle.

The design of the BMW i3’s front-end is delineated by a powerful, contoured apron; by the distinct interpretation of the kidney grille as an enclosing element; and by headlamps surrounded with U-shaped LED units. The similarly U-shaped LEDs in the rear become integrated as components that float into the big, fully polished tailgate.

Opposite "coach" doors, matched with the lack of B-pillars and the typical centre tunnel in regular automobiles, create the foundation for the uncommonly high amount of room and free range of movement inside the i3 (when considering its slight exterior measurements).

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