BMW Accidentally Outs The i5 Ahead Of Frankfurt

BMW CEO Harald Krüger recently confirmed the company would preview the i5 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and the company’s German press site has accidentally let the cat out of the bag.

Shown in a short video to promote electromobility, the model looks virtually identical to the car which was revealed in design patents last year.

As you can see, the i5 has a wide grille that is flanked by slender headlights. The car also features a two-tone front bumper and contrasting black vents on the hood near the windshield.

The futuristic styling continues further back as the i5 has an aerodynamic side skirts which are unlike anything offered on traditional sedans or hatchbacks. The bodywork also appears to be more curvaceous than what has been depicted in the patent drawings. Rounding out the highlights are contrasting black accents on the roof, window frames, and mirrors.

Technical details remain a mystery but Krüger has called the car “another significant milestone in our roadmap for e-mobility.” The executive also confirmed the model will be positioned between the i3 and i8 and have a fully electric powertrain. The car’s range is unconfirmed but reports have suggested the car could travel between 311-435 miles (500-700 km) on a single charge.

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  • SEEING THIS ONCE TODAY WASN’T TORTURE ENOUGH?

  • Hockeyman

    “Accidentally”

  • Timo

    Thumbs up for BMW! Can’t wait to see the real car.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    model s fans and owner will be f’ed up

  • steve

    No chance that this was released “accidentally”!

  • Sébastien

    1st photo reminds me of a Volt from the side/c-pillar

  • Christian Polo

    BMW, your “i” car range is awful; futuristic gimmicks do not age well, and electric cars are not supposed to be ugly. Your attempts to create a new style for this segment is pathetic.
    I owned many BMWs and still drive one, but my electric car might be from another company; wake up! The king is naked!

  • Mark S

    Looks like a full sized ICar.

  • sidewaysspin

    Won’t beat the Tesla looking like that.

    • S3XY

      7 years since Model S and no one has beat Tesla.

  • Dennis James

    2019. So until then, BMW will continue working in teaser movie business 🙂

  • fabri99

    I was expecting a more… defining look.

  • An Existing Person

    I’m not looking forward to seeing these on the road.

  • jon4uu

    Hey BMW, you put a kidney grill on my 2013 Chevy Volt. Now you can charge 3x more for it!

    • TWS

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  • “Accidentally”

  • Tinky-Winky

    ffs

  • seriously

    I guess BMW like others havent gotten Teslas memo that electric cars can also look nice and not look ugly and odd on purpose to be electric

  • remember???? ,you have the patent pictures !!!

  • S3XY

    An i8 CUV. Lol

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