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2015 BMW i3, i8 to be Joined by New i Model After 2020

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/17/2015 Erick Ayapana

Now that the 2015 BMW i3 and i8 are out roaming the roads, the automaker is hard at work to expand its family of “i” vehicles. There are plenty of rumors swirling around, but BMW insists that it’s still in the research phase and has has yet to select a new i model, which won’t be ready until 2020 or beyond.

BMW has, however, denied speculation that the X5 would receive the “i” treatment, stating that the i lineup will not include variations of existing BMW models. That makes sense considering that both the i3 and i8 showcase BMW’s latest innovations including carbon fiber construction and electric powertrains.

2015 BMW i3 eDrive© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 BMW i3 eDrive

That said, the automaker will continually improve the i3 and i8. Specifically, BMW hopes to improve battery density by 20 percent every three years to increase range. The improvements would also allow BMW to offer a cheaper model with lower range, similar to what Tesla does with its Model S.

Other rumors of the next i model include an i5 and an i9. It was suggested that the i5 would essentially be a stretched version of the i3, providing full-size rear doors and easier access to the back seats. Legroom and cargo space would also improve. Meanwhile, the i9 is purported to be a high-performance version of the i8. Previous rumors suggested that the i9 would debut in 2016 to coincide with BMW’s 100th anniversary, though the latest info seems to refute that.

2014 BMW i8© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 BMW i8

Source: Automotive News Europe


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