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Report: BMW to expand electric and hybrid line with i5 sedan

Report: BMW to expand electric and hybrid line with i5 sedan image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: BMW Press | posted June 24, 2015 11:42

The BMW i5 is set to enter production in 2019

 BMW is looking to expand its i lineup with the i5 sedan, an alternative fuel vehicle that will sit between the i3 and the i8.

In a report by Automobile Magazine, the i5 is set to enter production in 2019 at BMW's Leipzig factory. The i5 will reportedly be about as long as the i8 and will have a roomier interior than a 3-Series sedan by integrating the longest possible wheelbase with short overhangs.

Automobile magazine adds that the i5 will have “enough space for a family-size luggage compartment” because the electric motor will be placed between the rear wheels.

The i5 will be available in two variants: pure electric and plug-in hybrid. The pure electric i8 will be powered by a 228 PS rear motor as well as a 137 PS front-mounted motor. The plug-in hybrid will be equipped with a rear electric motor that delivers 279 PS along with a three- or four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels.

Note: Photo shown above is the BMW i8

Source: Automobile Magazine