BMW’s future i4 and i5 eco vehicles to fill out range

BMW’s future i4 and i5 eco vehicles to fill out range

BMW’s recently revealed i sub-brand is one of the most exciting and ambitious moves in the automotive world recently (read news) and will expand after the i3 and i8 go on sale in the next three years.

What’s next? Well the following models will be the i4 and i5 which are rumoured to be a smaller coupe and a family focused four-door sedan.

Both the i4 and i5 models will have a carbon fiber reinforced plastic “Life” bodye to keep weight down and use variations of the drivetrains powering the i3 and i8.

Apparently the i4 will use the same underpinnings as the i3, but will drop the rear doors and seats to become a two-seater with a lower roof, wider track and a increased dynamic ability. Power will likely come from a tweaked version of the  i3’s electric motor, with the same optional range-extending engine mounted out back. If the i4 is created in this way BMW will have a more affordable two-door option in its range. Don’t expect to see the i4 roaming streets for about five or six years.

Little is known yet about the i5 except that it is expected to be a more conventional four-door sedan with a coupe-like profile and power provided by the same plug-in hybrid drivetrain used for the i8. That could mean strong performance with up to 540Nm of torque on offer when the turbo’d 1.5-litre engine and electric motor are both on song.

The time line for these high-tech BMWs is hard to pick. Production versions of the i3 and i8 should arrive in 2014, expect the i4 and i5 in the years following.

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