BMW is previewing the third model in its electrified I brand line-up, with the unveiling of a new concept car at the Frankfurt motor show.
The four-door sedan is called the i Dynamic Vision and is claimed to possess a 0-62mph time of less than 4.0 sec, a top speed of over 120mph and a zero emission range of 372 miles.
The car’s arrival comes shortly after the preview of the images and renderings have been published online, with earlier patent images suggesting the concept ends up becoming the i5 model of production.
The unveiling of the future: BMW i Vision Dynamic electrifies the core of the BMW brand and student @BMWi to a new level. #BMW pic.twitter.com/4zmLDoNQOh
— BMW (@BMW), the 12 September 2017
It is expected to be introduced in 2021 in the context of a range of up to 25 plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, was announced by BMW chairman Harald Krüger in an update of the German car manufacturer, ‘ s> Following the model of the strategy.
“By 2025, we offer you 25 electrified vehicles – 12 will be fully electric,” Krüger said in a statement to the press in Munich before Frankfurt.
Krüger has confirmed the existence of the new I model, referring to it as a “milestone in the BMW of the roadmap for e-mobility”. He added: “It is a vision of the way we imagine a four-door, all-electric vehicle in between the i3 and i8. It is a vision that we want to achieve in the foreseeable future.”
The i5 land, alongside other new models of BMW in Frankfurt. Ohters include electric propulsion electric Mini version of the X3 and on the other I brand model known under the working title of iNext.
Commenting on the technical aspects of the new I model, the BMW R&D boss Klaus Fröhlich said: “I have the blueprint that we’ve planned for a launch in 2021 will be included in our fifth generation of the battery from the electrical system – a step that will take us to the next level.”
BMW fifth generation of the battery from the electrical system has been designed around a new generation of battery cells and electric motors, to provide that Fröhlich describes as “a big jump in the energy density and of the whole of the range” compared to the i3.
Autocar can also confirm the plans by BMW to provide the new I-brand model with advanced functions of the new technology of autonomous control. The details are scarce, although Fröhlich said the future, I models will be differentiated from BMW is more mainstream electric models planned for introduction by the year 2025, including the upcoming Electric Mini, and X3, Electric, for innovative technology such as the Level 3 and Level 4 technology of autonomous control.
“We’re going to a top-down approach on the technology of autonomous control. We want to understand the Level 5 of the first. It will probably happen in 2025,” he said.
In confirming the new I model for the Frankfurt motor show, Fröhlich said that he was separated from the iNext: “They are two totally different models.”
The iNext, which is based on the Following Vision 100 unveiled in the framework of the BMW’s 100th birthday in 2017, will take the form of a high-riding crossover-style SUV model, according to BMW sources, the current initial style proposals, which suggest that he will receive the i7 name.
BMW development boss Klaus Fröhlich said the mark of the transition to the use of electricity comes at a time when public opinion of manufacturers of cars is low. In an obvious nod to the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal, he said: “The actions of some have seriously undermined the credibility and reliability of our industry. As a result, we now face a more tight – and sometimes irrational – approaches to the legislation. Everywhere in the world, the regulations on fuel consumption, emissions and safety are changing more rapidly than ever before”.
BMW is investing 200 million euros in a battery research and development facility, so that it can control the production and supply of its batteries in the house.