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BMW i5 will be a fully electric sedan, expected to rival Tesla Model S starting with 2019

BMW plans to launch a new model in the i range: it will be called BMW i5 and will have two electric motors. There will also be a hybrid version, equipped with a four-cylinder petrol engine.

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After initial commercial i3 exceeded expectations and proved i8 supercar an unusual appearance attracted a serious image capital for the Bavarian manufacturer BMW is planning further expansion of its range of environmentally friendly vehicles.

BMW i would introduce in the near future another model with alternative propulsion. Harald Krueger, BMW chief, confirmed this information to the Sunday edition of prestigious German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. Krueger said that a third model would make sense and would be positioned above it i3, i5 baptized but under i8.

The car will be one spacious and has the proportions of a sedan, providing room for four adult passengers and their luggage. Date of entry into the production line is fixed somewhere Leipzig plant in 2019.

Even if the onset seems far away, the Germans are well defined plans. Future i5 would benefit from a pure electric architecture strong enough to position the German model in direct competition with the Tesla Model S. Bavarians will use two electric motors, one positioned on the rear axle, with 235 horsepower, and the other on front axle with 135 horses.

Like the current i3, BMW will offer a hybrid version power unit, addressing those who are skeptical about the autonomy of an electric vehicle. This option would have the same electric motor on the rear axle, helped by a conventional, four-cylinder, placed classic.

To preserve the sporting spirit of the brand, German engineers will seek a maximum of 1.5 tonnes. It will use carbon fiber structure used by other BMW i.

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