While the BMW i5 is still in production, we have learned a lot of information about this future EV. For one, i product chief Henrik Wenders told Car and Driver that the i5 is geared towards families, with its spacious interior and longer electric range.
While the i5 will primarily be an electric vehicle, BMW will offer a range-extender model with a gasoline-powered engine, just like the current i3. This should help ease range anxiety for many families with busy schedules who spend a lot of time on the road. However, Wenders commented that as technology progresses, along with electric driving range, the range-extender option should eventually become obsolete.
Currently, most owners use their i3 as the second or even third vehicle in the household. With the i5, Wenders said, “We are thinking of a new i model above it to attract families, and that means it must be capable of being the first car in the household.” With this goal in mind, the i5 is expected to deliver a longer electric range than the smaller i3.
Continuing in the tradition of the current I brand, we should expect to see the i5 incorporate new materials and new manufacturing processes.
Here at Habberstad BMW of Huntington, we can’t wait to see what BMW has in store for the future i5!