BMW recently unveiled its i3 and i8 concept cars, which herald the company’s new greener and more sustainable i brand. It seems unlikely that BMW would put all its energy into just two electric vehicles and sure enough, according to BMW insider Scott27, the company is planning two new cars, the i4 and i5, which should debut towards the end of the decade.
The BMW i4 will be a sportier 2-seater version of the i3, something like the late-lamented Smart mini-roadster. It will feature a plug-in electric or range-extended electric drivetrain (most likely the latter). The BMW i5, on the other hand, will be a mid-sized four-door sedan with coupe-like design cues. It will feature sleek aerodynamics and rear hinged doors, while being powered by the same powertrain as the i8. Both models will use the same cutting-edge CFRP technology as the original two i models.
These may only be rumors, but it's hard to believe that BMW wouldn't capitalize on being the first brand to have a full lineup of electric vehicles. If this is the future, and it surely looks like it is, BMW is bound to fill in the slots between the i3 and the i8.—Paul Duchene