BMW i5 Revealed In Japanese Design Patents?

Intriguing patent images have emerged online showcasing what could be the upcoming BMW i5.

Recently registered by BMW in Japan, the detailed computer-generated images show a five-door model with styling traits eerily similar to those of the BMW i3 and i8, indicating that it could be the much-discussed third model in the marque’s range of i models.

At the front, the vehicle pictured includes BMW’s customary kidney grille and angular, horizontal headlights baring a striking resemblance to those from the i8. From the side, the four-door layout and design reminds us of the Tesla Model X with the front and rear door handles combined to look like one.

The rear is also immediately identifiable as a BMW due to the similar rear quarter panels as the i3 and the familiar taillights. When viewed from directly behind, the vehicle essentially looks like a bloated and slightly larger i3.

Earlier in the year, BMW confirmed that it is indeed investigating a third i model and that a final decision on the body style was still to be made. With that being said, the company said that the model would be catered towards families and given the popularity of crossovers and SUVs, it’s certainly possible that BMW has decided on such a vehicle.

Alternatively, there’s a chance that the vehicle revealed in these patent images is a concept, possibly previewing the next i model in near-production spec.


  • Kash

    Looks more like a minivan to me… but heavily based on the 5 series GT with i3/8 styling bits thrown on.

    Could also be a good indicator to the next 5-GT, or it’s strictly a concept.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I think it is somewhere between a GT and a Gran Coupe. It’s def not the next 5 GT and it isn’t just a concept. This is the i5. It will be priced lower than the Model S which is a good thing. Nice to see the line-up grow to 3 models.

      • Kash

        I don’t think it’s the next 5 GT, just something based on it or at least somewhat inspired by it, possibly even sharing it’s underpinnings.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Ah. I mis-read you comment. The next 5 GT will be based on the 5 series. The i models are mostly carbon fibre which the next 5 series wont be. Even the G01 with its carbon core isn’t all that carbon fibre-ly. Also I think this vehicle won’t be as high roofed as the GT.

  • Six_Tymes

    not a bad idea.

  • matrem

    That rear end detailing is horrible, but the overall shape is promising

    • Andrewthecarguy

      My thoughts too. I hope that rear translates better with glass/plastic/metal material differentiation.
      The other thing is will the drive train be more like the i3 or i8?
      If it can do single charge 200 miles and it has a range extender, I will def buy one.


    • Kash

      For the next few years don’t expect much less.

    • Bash

      I like the floating roof btw

      • Nordschleife

        I like it as well but not on everything. Some carmakers do it a lot better.

    • TheHake

      Interestingly enough, only on one side!

      • Andrewthecarguy

        Good eye! I think it’s 2 possibilities. I don’t think the car will come with 2 different sides, rather, it will sport one or the other.

        • TheHake

          Yes, probably. Unless they have some idea of a sideways opening rear hatch… :-0

          • Andrewthecarguy

            That would be kinda cool.

      • JA

        If you look carefully last picture showing car from bird0s view, the car definately has floating roof only on one side.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Maybe because of the plug in area.
          Who knows.

  • ScubaScuba

    why would you make it look like a prius

    • Neil Garratt

      The Prius shape is very aerodynamic, that’s why a lot of electric/hybrid cars have a similar side profile.

      • TheBelltower

        There’s a lot more wrong with the Prius than the overall shape. The details are horrendous, the wheels are too small. It looks like a dumpster on casters.

    • TheHake

      I HATE that Prius-look sloping back. Aerodynamic or not, it looks kak.

    • TheBelltower

      This design is a lot more balanced than the Prius. There is no excuse for a production car to look that bad.

  • Carlos Gamarra

    That looks very weird

  • RunningLogan

    Yikes! Hope this isn’t it!

  • me

    Suicide rear doors!!!

  • น้องชูก้า เยสพรีส

    so they give z4 and take prius too

  • Elmediterraneo

    BMW continues to make the EV look like a weird futurist japanese car. In any BMW i, I didn’t see the elegance of Porsche Mission E or simplicity of an Audi e-tron quattro. The Mercedes EQ has also the same elegant lines as a GLC. Even on the classical cars I found BMW uglier that their competitors and that’s follow then on EV too.

  • Bash

    look a bit confusing from the back side…

  • Luis

    It looks horrible, but BMW is smart, because by doing these experiments with the “i” moniker, it does not upset the traditional costumers.

  • Mind Synthetic

    looks like a bmw’s answer to the new prius, they lost their way with design like so many others

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Prius envy is the worst envy.

    • TheHake

      No, that’s Tesla-envy…

  • mp412c

    Bmw fire the designer who thought “tesla model x… Hmm,now thats a beautiful car design to copy”

  • Elmediterraneo
  • Toronado_II

    Why the wipers are so high and visible ? Seems to be add at the last minute.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Kind of blocky.

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