Future Cars: BMW i5 Is i Vision Dynamics Concept Turned Into Electric Reality

In recent years, the electric car has become quite the darling of mainstream press, environmental groups and those addicted to instant monstrous torque.

Whilst Tesla may have stolen the limelight, many traditional automakers are catching up fast. One of them is BMW. The Germans already have the small i3 hatch and hybrid i8 sports car, but what if the void between the two was filled with an Model S-fighting, luxury performance sedan?

Let’s take a look at what could transpire.

i Vision Dynamics Styling:

BMW’s most recent electric sedan concept, the i Vision Dynamics, previews the styling direction for its upcoming Tesla-fighter – and oh boy, does it look odd.

In taming the concept’s polarizing design, the double-Edsel grille has been massaged into a wider, less offensive shape. The shoulder-line now cascades down onto the fenders, then into the lower intake graphic for an elegant stance.

A bugbear of the concept was the lack of traditional BMW DNA; sure it has the side blades and an abstract interpretation the twin-kidney grille, but there’s no Hofmeister kink in the C-pillar and the overall look resembles a bar of soap on wheels.

To readdress this, we’ve incorporated a much more traditional greenhouse and sculptured side-surfacing, however the unique window-line rise on the B-pillars remain. Unlike the concept, fenders are exaggerated and emphasize a more powerful dynamic prowess.

Potent Electric Performance:

Unlike the smaller i3, this offering (possibly to be named i5 or i6?) will have good mileage with blistering performance. Expect it to mirror the i Vision concept’s range of 373 miles (600 km), with acceleration down in the low 4-second bracket and a top speed excess of 120 mph (200km/h).

The big unknown quantity is what size battery will be used; however as conjecture has it, three sizes could be offered, with varying levels of performance and range.

One point of interest is BMW’s strategic technical partner Toyota. The Japanese brand is developing breakthrough solid-state batteries, which aim to offer twice the range of current electric cars and improve charging times to just mere minutes. But will this technical partnership extend to solid-state batteries? …Watch this space.


Porsche Mission E Concept

Contending With More Than Tesla:

It has to be said, some of the biggest barriers to buying an electric car are perceptions around range anxiety and recharging times.

But BMW’s biggest challenge will come from the likes of Porsche’s upcoming Mission E. Offering sleek styling that resembles a Panamera from the future, the Mission E will provide fast acceleration, great handling and a dual-motor layout. Where BMW is expected to counteract, is in lounge-room luxury, autonomous driving technology, battery range and pricing.

However, don’t get too excited just yet; expect a launch of the real deal somewhere near 2021.

Tell us what you think of this design study in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

Photo Renderings Copyright Carscoops / Josh Byrnes

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BMW i Visions Dynamic Concept

  • LWOAP

    Glad to see Toyota working on solid state batteries. I hope they are much cleaner and cheaper alternative to lithium.

    • Rolan Volante

      Toyota know exactly what they’re doing. If they succeed in launching solid state batteries with almost double the range of today’s batteries and succeed in narrowing down charging time to 5 min – 80% charge, then they are to become a serious player in the EV field. Not to forget the fact that Toyota has been cooperating with BMW on wireless charging systems and if they manage to pull this off as well, then not only other automakers, but Tesla too could be in dire straits. People want utter convenience and that’s what Toyota is good at – meeting buyers’ expectations and giving them some extra juice through wireless charge.

      • Moveon Libtards

        Toyota has been playing CATCH UP in the e-drive market. Remember way back when their executive made fun of GM for producing the range extender/ electric Volt, saying they would never do one because it did not make sense? Well, guess what, Toyota did the EXACT SAME THING years later with its Prius. They were caught off guard by GM and needed to save face.

        Toyota is good at one thing…Building appliances for the ignorant suburbia car-buying sheep who just want to get from point A to B and not know anything about their vehicle. Toyota does not build the best cars, but they do build great appliances that take the thinking out of the purchase and ownership. Perfect for the babyboomer idiots who buy them.

      • No, Rolan, no. Other Automakers will be caught off guard and then, adapt. Don’t know why everything is ‘dire’ or a ‘killer’. How many automakers are there? There’s room for competition. And when one makes an innovation, the others soon follow.

  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    Yeah… that grille still doesn’t work. This was what I thought of when I saw it.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/266590158c554dc8f6ceb766b8fd200cc1c5d178ae0213dad2fe208b740b3430.png

  • roy

    Looks more like a jaguar with a serious nose problem

  • Cupboi

    While this rendering is kinda lazy (3-series headlights and all), i fear it is not that far from reality. Which really boggles my mind, because, at least in theory, an all-electric platform means much more freedom when it comes to packaging and proportions, and yet, they don’t seem to be taking advantage of this opportunity at all. In fact, most brands are playing it safe with electric cars, so much so that it ends up undermining the technical advancement of said cars and failing to capture the public imagination, consequently resulting in poor sales. The Bolt is a good example of that. Heck, even the fabled Model 3 is very innocuous, relying on the desirable badge to sell. Even BMW’s own i3, while a bit more courageous, is still close in proportions to a traditional MPV. I’m not saying they should do different for different’s sake (like Toyota nowadays), but they should use this chance to create a distinctive character and appeal. Maybe look at the crazy Bertone/Giugiaro designs from the 70s for inspiration, idk.

  • YOU’D THINK BMW WOULD BE SMART ENOUGH NOT TO SCREW UP THEIR TRADEMARK GRILLE…ELECTRIC OR NOT.

  • no25
  • Tumbi Mtika

    Needs work.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Looks like a Jaguar. Can’t wait to see it compared against the next Model S.

  • Johan Mo

    I think the original concept looks way better, especially the front.

  • pjl35

    No offense to the author of the post and creator of the rendering, but this does not look good…and would be inaccurate based on what we’ve seen in the concept and BMW’s upcoming models. If Carscoops insists on continuing to post such renderings, please step up your game.

  • TheBelltower

    2021? Get real.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Warning!

    If you own Tesla stock you better sell immediately. Secret documents are being released soon that will collapse the stock.

    You have been warned.

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    The head of BMW design said that they were moving toward a design language that involved fewer, but more purposeful lines. These design studies are not consistent with that stated goal.

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