The BMW high-efficiency i range is starting to shape up. We revealed details of the all-electric i3 city car and i8 hybrid supercar two weeks ago, but two more models are reportedly already under development.
They’re called the i4 and i5, and both will feature the same carbon fibre-reinforced plastic construction as the i3 and i8, plus adapted versions of the powertrains found in those cars.
Reports suggest the two-door i4 is based on the same platform as the i3, but will have a coupe-like sloping roof. Expect a wider track and a sportier drive – which may mean the i3’s electric motors are upgraded. The city model’s optional two-cylinder range-extending engine will also be available in the i4.
Meanwhile, the i5 will be a sporty saloon, similar to the Audi A5 Sportback, and is expected to be powered by the same three-cylinder 1.5-litre turbo unit and electric motors as found in the i8. However, this will deliver less than the 349bhp output promised by the hybrid supercar.