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BMW nearing decision on ‘i5’ model

BMW is reportedly closing in on a final direction for the so-called i5, the first new ‘i’ model since the i3 hatch and i8 coupe were revealed in 2013. A more popular rumour, however, has been of a mid-sized sedan that would rival the upcoming Tesla Model 3 – itself pegged as an all-electric alternative to popular premium models like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Earlier this year, the UK’s Car magazine claimed that a plug-in hybrid electric sedan would join the BMW i range in the near future, although that report centred on a model closer in size to the 5 Series – making it more of a Model S rival.

The report added that outputs of around 400kW had been targeted, with two electric motors mated to a four-cylinder petrol engine.

It is unclear if the projects are one and the same, or whether the so-called i5 will go all-electric or, like the i8, feature a plug-in hybrid design.

Robertson hinted that an unveiling could occur – at least in concept form – at next year’s BMW centenary celebrations.

“We will look back 100 years at that point, but mainly into the future,” he said.

Published: Monday, November 30, 2015

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