BMW will preview the third model in its electrified i brand line-up with the unveiling of a new concept car at next week’s Frankfurt motor show.
The i model, which is expected to take the i5 name into production, is planned to be introduced in 2021 as part of a range of up to 25 plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles announced by BMW chairman, Harald Krüger.
The i5 is among four new pure-electric models set to be confirmed by BMW at the Frankfurt motor show. Others include the first series-production electric-powered Mini, an electric-powered version of the X3 and a separate i brand model known under the working title iNext.
The i5 is expected to take the form of a four-door 'notchback'-style saloon, offering accommodation for up to five adults and a pure electric range of almost 700km.
Commenting on the technical aspects of the new i model, BMW R&D boss, Klaus Fröhlich said: “The i model we have planned for launch in 2021 will incorporate our fifth-generation battery electric system – a step that will take us to the next level.”
Our sister publication, Autocar UK, also confirm plans by BMW to provide the new i brand model with advanced new autonomous driving technology. BMW is also investing into a battery research and development facility so it can control the production and supply of its batteries in house.