In the past, the BMW was really far behind the Japanese companies when the hybrid technology was in question. In 2011 the “Blue Propeller” formed a special “I” sub-brand, but the actual electrified concept starts two years earlier. Now, with the BMW I Vision Dynamics Concept is presented at the recent IAA Show, the Bavarian carmaker is set to unveil the new electric model. The 2019 BMW I5 comes with a 4-cylinder gasoline powertrain with two electric motors.
This combination will provide more power under the hood and pretty good overall performance. The exterior will borrow the Cluster Architecture and the lightweight construction will take less energy to move, and will improve maneuverability. Furthermore, the interior of the new model includes a new level of luxury, with high-end materials and technological improvements.
2019 BMW I5 Exterior
The upcoming 2019 BMW I5 will hit the market shortly after the next-gen 5 series, so it will probably share the same Cluster Architecture (CLAR). This modular architecture grants BMW to apply it in a number of different-sized vehicles, with different engines. This will also include hybrids, EVs and smaller 3 series vehicles.
The new model will carry the design cues from Bimmer’s large three-box sedans with a little bit of I8 mixture. The focal point of this model will probably be the laser headlights, finally approved for the use in the States. Of course, any fastback sedan is simply beautiful by its shape and the I5 expand it further with soft and classy creases. Taillights are gorgeously designed, while four LED stripes ads the perfect dose of visual boldness. Also, the smart aerodynamics shape of the vehicle adds to the overall look and exterior beauty.
2019 BMW I5 Interior
Although there’s not much news regarding the interior of 2019 BMW I5, we still get some information about the cabin look. The new model will come with plenty of technological improvements and new gadgets. The inside will be equipped with high-quality materials to make it even more luxurious and comfortable. As with all of the BMW models, the high-end materials is a must, as well as plenty of synthetic leather and recycled plastic.
The new I5 is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, so expect a lot of monitors to keep an eye on fuel economy and the juice. As for technology, the company should have enough time to develop something new for the I5. The presence of a large digital display in the center of the dash will be enough for all of the important details coming from its powertrain system.
2019 BMW I5 Drivetrain
The company hasn’t been particularly generous with specs, even though some important were gifted to us. According to the rumors around the web, the new 2019 BMW I5 will have a four-cylinder gasoline drivetrain. Also, the pair of electric motors comes as well. The gasoline engine will deploy 245 hp and the front motor will put down an extra 204 hp. The rear motor will be able to deliver additional 95 horsepower. Altogether, this powertrain will combine to produce 544 horsepower and an 80-mile range on battery power alone.
The acceleration from 0-60 mph will take five seconds, top speed is around 120 mph and driving range is 373 miles. Rear-wheel drive system will be standard and the Range Extender will be available as an optional feature. The charging time will depend on the model and charging power, but it will approximately take about 3 hours.
2019 BMW I5 Release Date and Price
The price of the new 2019 BMW I5 is one more of the things we can only guess. Taking into account that the I3 starts at $43,000, the I5 model could only go above this price. The Tesla models, on the other hand, comes in a very big price range, relative to the I5. The Model 3 has a price tag of $35,000 and the Model S starts around $70,000.
So, we assume that the new Beemer could cost around $55,000 It will be a wise move from the German automaker and with it, they may take the lead role on the market. The new model will probably arrive with Level 3 autonomy, like the one in the announced Audi A7. Also, it will be capable to upgrade to Level 4 later as well. The release date of the new BMW I5 is planned for the fourth quartal of 2019.
2019 BMW I5 Competition
The main rival of the 2019 BMW I5 will surely be the Tesla Model S. Although they are hard to compare because they are, in terms of propulsion, highly different cars, these two will surely fight for the crown when they hit the streets. The Model S is fully electric, with the power range from 380 hp 60 kWh to 691 hp P85D model.
The base Model S starting price is at $71,000 and the P85 model starts at $105,000. The 2019 BMW I5 will have a gasoline generator as a back up to the electric motors, while the Model S can only travel 208 to 253 miles on a single charge. However, Tesla’s Supercharger network is expanding each year, and it will make long distance travels less of an issue.