BMW i Vision Dynamics Previews Tesla Model 3 Rival

BMW has just unveiled its anticipated new electric vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show but unlike rumors suggested, it isn’t the i5. Instead, it is a concept dubbed the i Vision Dynamics and is positioned as a Gran Coupe to slot between the i3 and i8 challenging the Tesla Model 3.

The German company has confirmed that the i Vision Dynamics will reach the production line but hasn’t said exactly when it will arrive. Nevertheless, the design of the i Vision Dynamics is significantly sleeker than patented images of the so-called i5 have indicated.

The automaker hasn’t released detailed technical specifications about the i Vision Dynamics but says it will be able to accelerate from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in under four seconds, achieve a top speed exceeding 124 mph (200 km/h) and have a range of approximately 373 miles (600 km).

Like the X7 iPerformance Concept, the i Vision Dynamics has an enlarged kidney grille but given the fact that it’s all-electric, the faux front grille is simply a styling element and serves no function in cooling the powertrain.

Elsewhere on a styling front, the i Vision Dynamics adopts a set of slim LED headlights and a front bumper void of any obvious cooling ducts for the front brakes. Like most recent concepts, traditional wing mirrors have been replaced by a set of small rear-facing cameras while aerodynamic wheels have also been installed to maximize range.

From the rear, the car adopts a set of bright and thin LED taillights and a relatively benign and simple bumper design.

Speaking about the car and its place within the BMW family, member of the board of management at BMW AG, Development, Klaus Fröhlich said “Here, visionary solutions and future-ready concepts become reality for the first time. But BMW i also acts as a spearhead of innovation for our other brands. The BMW i Vision Dynamics allows us to show right now what another electric BMW might look like. And BMW has demonstrated its talent for turning visions into real life throughout its history.”

* Post has been updated with live photos from Frankfurt


  • OdysseyTag

    Not sure BMW knows what to do with it’s grille these days.

    • Elmediterraneo

      They can’t get rid of it, that wouldn’t be a BMW anymore. So they have to do something useful with it, especially on EV.

      • OdysseyTag

        Get rid of it?
        No, try sticking to one progressive design I mean. Between their standard models, X-series, Z-series, i-series and concepts – you can’t tell if they’re going wide or narrow, uni-grilled or bi-grilled.

        • MultiKdizzle

          That’s the point of a concept – to gauge industry reaction.

      • TheHake

        Agreed, but is it really necessary to make it bigger and bigger and bigger?

    • UZ

      Yup, looks like a Kia’s grille now. And the DLO even more so.

    • ChizzoLi

      Actually, I’m not sure you understand design.

    • SteersUright

      Spot on. Their brand-defining kidney grilles have become a hideously garish, in your face and offensive part of their overall design. Speaking of overall design, BMW’s have gotten so puffy and ugly looking in general. Name a beautiful, modern BMW please? And no, the i8, while interesting, is far from beautiful. It looks like a modern & sleek refrigerator.

  • samurai

    Someone mentioned “Dog Bone” frontbumpers on another article earlier this day here and now BMW Comes up with that. Looks absolutely horrible.

  • DuDE

    Looks like they crash tested it on an apple store.

  • Akira

    What the hell are they doing with their kidneys…

  • Knotmyrealname

    I absolutely love it. It’s BMW at it’s progressive best. It’s very fresh, but unmistakably a BMW.

  • Bash

    Is that a bow tie? lol

  • The profile is pretty good but that grill is ugly!

  • Dennis James

    The overall shape looks good, but the front end is a big mess, just like the X7.

  • Alex
  • casho2015

    The front is a train wreck

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    Why I see the Peugeot 508 shape in this car!?

  • Tinky-Winky

    Thank god it’s an interesting design study not the one seen in patent images.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I reckon that this will look much better once they tone down some of the design elements for the production car.

  • SgtBeavis

    There’s a lot to like here, but that grill just does nothing for me.

    • Six Thousand Times

      You’re still having trouble with grill/grille I see.

      • SgtBeavis

        Someone’s gotta give you something to bitch about. 😛

        • Six Thousand Times

          I guess that’s true.

  • Mind Synthetic

    bmw have lost it completely, haven’t they? kill it with fire

  • TheBelltower

    In a way, this is a little sad. It’s a great looking car and a great idea. But automakers that are showing concepts of “revolutionary” EV’s that won’t be available for four, five, eight years from today are completely out of touch. Did they just start thinking about this yesterday? Why does this appear to have just started, when the i-brand is four years old? And what has BMW done about a charging infrastructure?

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      “Did they just start thinking about this yesterday?”

      In a word, Yes…I think they did. (well not literally but not long ago) If they had any sooner they’d have something in production by now. Porsche is ahead of the rest but I honestly think the whole VW scandal has them all scrambling for something EV to show and produce. Including VW! Sure they’ve all dabbled…but this is a whole new focus in the automotive world. I don’t think they took Tesla seriously enough and now that the Model 3 has seen the light of day and starting production, it was a “he actually did it” moment.

      They’ve basically been mandated to go this route by more and more strict emission standards. And let’s be honest they’ve all cheated emissions, they’ve just not all been caught. Now they see getting caught is inevitable and have shifted focus to a new front that has little rules beyond safety standards they are all comfortable designing around. As a company, if they can get buyers excited about EVs, it’s a much easier road over internal combustion. The environmental problems will be on the battery manufacturers and likely many years down the road.

      • atomiccow

        Very true. There’s a reason for this huge influx of EV concepts from the German trio. The concepts are there to satisfy expectations from both Wall Street and general consumers. Expectations of traditional automakers not being the slow dinosaurs that they are and actually being progressive like hot, investment-worthy tech companies. The reality is that, beyond the i3 and i8 – which were designed purposefully as low-volume production vehicles – the majority of the 25, or whatever crazy number, of electrified vehicles the Germans are all claiming will be in their lineups by 2020 will be electrified versions of their ICE vehicles.

      • TheBelltower

        Completely agree. If the established automakers weren’t aware of the consumer enthusiasm behind the Model S and willingness to spend over $100k for a startup automotive brand’s vehicle, then they were completely negligent if they didn’t notice the enthusiasm behind the Model 3. When is the last time any other brand had a paid waiting list, 400,000 deep, for a vehicle that wouldn’t be available for over two years? I own an i3. While it does offer some really cool tech, that’s all old news today. Even if I were to lease another one for two years, this next “vision dynamics” i-car still wouldn’t be available. Frustrated.

        • Auf Wiedersehen

          I totally agree! I’m in line for a Model 3, but no clear idea when.

          “If the established automakers weren’t aware of the consumer enthusiasm behind the Model S and willingness to spend over $100k for a startup automotive brand’s vehicle, then they were completely negligent if they didn’t notice the enthusiasm behind the Model 3.”

          And not to totally change the subject, but this is the exact problem with Sergio and FCA. He failed to see the EVs coming down the road with the headlights blinding light in his face. Unfortunately for FCA, he is to proud to admit it, no idea how to fix it and instead is trying to get someone to bail them out with a merger or share their tech. The guy has balls to ask for that at this stage. These others are extremely late to the game, but at least they had some kind of distant plans in a back room they could ramp up. FCA has squat and the man at the helm is to blame.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    All I ask from electric car manufacturers, is to GET THE DAMN PROPORTIONS RIGHT!

  • Marty

    This is not a Model 3 rival more than Robb Stark is a rival for the current throne of Denmark.

    And by thinking that cars with electrical engines must have a different design than cars with other engines, BMW are just proving that they don’t understand the car buyers of this millennium.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    WOW…I really like this…Hopefully it makes it in this form.

  • kello3000

    It needs the Hofmeister kink!

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    Loving this concept, but the grill area needs a little help.

  • fabri99

    If this isn’t a clear example of why BMW should call back Chirs Bangle, I don’t know what is.

    • atomiccow

      It’s funny that a lot of people really hate Chris Bangle for what he did to BMW without realizing that what he did to BMW was bring it to where it is today. There are two major groups of people in the Chris bangle camp: those that still hate him and those that used to hate him but now respect him. Undoubtedly this design will create similar opinions. Unless one was in the minority group of of people who saw Bangle’s brilliance from the very beginning, one shouldn’t be too quick to judge it.

      • fabri99

        Well, Chris Bangle has designed some beautiful cars. Just think of the Fiat Coupè… Anyway, maybe it’s a little to early to judge this design and the production car will surely look…more normal. Yet how exactly do you expect that gigantic and idiotic grille to look better with time? It’s a mess.

        • atomiccow

          Haha, no I agree with you. I don’t like it either. I just mean that people may perceive it to be ugly not because it is actually ugly but because it doesn’t have the classic BMW design tropes.

          • fabri99

            Yeah, perhaps in the future we’ll get used to such a big grille.

      • Enter Ranting

        Nope, Chris Bangle is a talentless hack.

  • atomiccow

    The car’s side profile, proportion, and “kink” at the B-pillar really brings to my mind the Genesis New York concept:

    They’ve thrown out all the sacred cows of BMW design this time haven’t they? The dual kidneys have merged into a dumbell and the Hoffman “Kink” has moved up a pillar.

    To be honest though, I find this pseudo-kidney less egregious than the mega-kidneys of the X7 iPerformance concept.


  • Sjaak

    best BMW concept design for quite a while, but do not like the side view, reminds too much of a KIA grille

  • Enter Ranting

    Bucky the Beaver.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Except for that nasty grille-dent thing, I don’t see any BMW.

  • sidewaysspin

    I think the front looks great, contrary to the X7 the grille here looks nice and modern.

  • Mark S

    Best forward looking design work from BMW in a long time. I wish the regular 3 series would adopt some of these ques.

    • alexxx

      My thoughts exactly

  • MarketAndChurch

    Looks good enough to be a Model S competitor.

  • Arthur Burnside

    The wheels, like those on the Model 3, have to go. As spectd, this will outdo the Model 3. Although the Model 3 laughingly advertises a “$35,000” base price (like their imaginary “$49,000 Model S base price), the average is at least $45,00 and over $50,000 for the morons who opted for (the still non-existent) automonous (suicide) driving. Another class action suit coming up. The only action I would trust is parallel parking. But who parallel parks these days? Tesla is about as pure a fraudulent enterprise as one can get. I wouldn’t buy anything from them, regardless. They treat their customers as bad as they treat their employees. Always have : dead $45,000 battery? “Tough luck” says Tesla.