Rabu, 27 November 2013

Rumors: BMW to Add 'i' Lineup with i5

It’s only a matter of time before BMW fills in gap between its i3 and i8 green cars, and according to Autocar the next i car will be the i5.  

The i5 will essentially be a stretched version of the i3, making it a more practical family car with more legroom and cargo space. With the added dimensions, the i5 could gain full-sized rear doors giving rear passengers easier access to the back seats. The i3 has an overall length of 157 inches, and Autocar suggests that the i5 will provide an additional 4 inches of legroom and a larger cargo area than the i3 city car, which currently provides 11.8 cubic feet of space in the rear and 2.8 cubic feet up front.

It’s uncertain if the i3’s powertrain, including its available range extender, will carry over or if the i5 will gain a more robust system. The i3 is powered by an electric motor rated at 170-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It has an estimated range of 100 miles, though an optional gas-powered range-extending engine should bump total range to about 200 miles.
 
Thanks to: Motor Trend

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