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Might we soon see an expansion to BMW's recently unveiled i sub-brand soon after the i3 and i8 go on sale? Word is that two new models will join the i line-up: the i4, a compact coupe, and the i5, a sporty, family-oriented four-door.

Both the i4 and i5 will reportedly be based on the same carbon fiber reinforced plastic "Life" structure found in the i3 and i8 and will make use of adapted versions of the powertrains employed in those vehicles.

Reports suggest the two-door i4 will be based on the i3, but will have a coupe-like sloping roof, a wider track and only two seats. Power is expected to come from the i3's electric motor, with the same optional range-extending engine mounted out back.

The i5 will be a sporty sedan powered by the same three-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo unit and electric motors found in the i8. The plug-in hybrid i5 will reportedly crank out up 400 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the quickest hybrid sedans in the world.

If these rumors are true, both the i4 and i5 are years away, with concept versions expected to be unveiled in 2014 or later. We don't expect either to enter the production cycle until 2015 at the earliest.


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      goodoldgorr
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im interrested to buy used in something like 2020 if it's true that they begin to sale in 2015. I won't buy new because of cost and also i observe for years if it wear normally without bugs. But this brand by been late to be green will probably lose my business because audi with their audi windmill tcng project look even more promising starting supposedly in 2013. Each and every brand that postpone their proposals lose market share by losing ton and ton of early adopters till now im driving slow with my gasoline car around 50-55 mph to save fuels and pollution.
      Pat Gatounet
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW your customers want more than these endless EV gadgets, they want "real EV cars" that in my case (Happy Series 535DA Luxe owner) I would define as an X6 or better the future X4 formfactor, equiped with a high instant-power 50KWH 2X battery pack, 2 up to 4 x high-perf & Electric engines, and a Mandatory Range-Extender working as a pure generator never directly having to tract the car itself, with no central gearbox nor transmission, to save space, weight and $... to support the 2X battery required. Put that within a
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Pat Gatounet
        electric drive is about intelligence. an SUV is not. take the full step. don't confuse ignorant prejudice with accuracy. the guys who drive SUVs are not the ones who brought you EVs. there is a lesson in that.
          EJ
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          "electric drive is about intelligence. an SUV is not" Sorry but I don't see these as mutually exclusive. I love the form factor, ease of entry/exit, and carry crap capacity of an SUV that drives like a car. If I can get an all EV X5 and solar source it, there is no 'waste', regardless of how big my land yacht may be.
          Pat Gatounet
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          Dan, we have the luck to leave in countries of freedom, so make your choices with your money, and let the others makes their's with their money. Ignorance is on all sides here, not just one. There are many good reasons to buy SUVs in this world, there would not be so many SUVs arround otherwize. All formfactors, especially the most contributive ones, need to progress to much less CO2 possibly, and more importantly for me, to much less dependance on foreign oil. Plus in Europe where electricity power costs less (thanks to our parents investments in solid Nuclear plants), it could also reduce our operating costs significantly, ...untill more taxes may bridge a growing part of that gap of course. Current EVs (except beloved GM VOLT) can't replace a real car, they are only "second cars", limited to local commutes, like current BMW i gadgets, and fed with tons of public fundings, payed with our taxes. At the end, intelligent minds should question what is really saved for the planet "end to end" when selling cleaner "second cars" like this, and saving so little CO2 for such a high tax cost. Moving real cars to EV with Range Extender, would save a lot more CO2 for sure. Hence my valid request, that many other BMW customers I discussed with do share with me. Don't count on me to buy with my money a little Leaf and get stuck after 100M range with no Range exterder. I'm not crazy. Bet the fools buying that don't do it with THEIR MONEY.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 4 Years Ago
      what good is more i cars if their state of the art super expensive i8 weighs 1500kg..