Out of the four German-made auto brands, the 2018 BMW i 5 is downright the most aggressive in its plans for unleashing plug-in electric cars in various segments in its brands. Year 2014 saw the launch of the BMW i3 all electric hatchback and the sumptuous BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe among a host of others.
2018 BMW i 5 Review
According to industry reports we have been analysing here at ‘All About Cars’, the next model to be released will be the BMW i5 which will be a hybrid sports sedan that will have a long range of electric power alone. Furthermore, it is rumoured that the i5 sedan will have a much more superior capability than the anticipated 2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e plug-in hybrid Sports Utility Vehicle that is scheduled to be launched very soon.
The i5 is expected to host advanced features and body styles as described by the German magazine ‘Autobild’, it will come with a unique body and powertrain that will underpin the next BMW 5-series sporty sedan. The fundamental feature, however, is that the new model will use the Power eDrive second generation plug-in hybrid system which the company showcased during the Technology Days in 2014. Despite the system receiving relatively little notice especially in the United States, it flips the inkling of a hybrid to the point.
Today’s plug-ins have been designed in such a way that they utilise a combination between a gasoline engine and an electric motor, which by convectional standards provide 12-25 miles of all-electric range. However, the Power eDrive system has been designed to offer an electric only driving range of up to 50 miles, with the gas engine only coming in when under maximum acceleration and at highway high designated speeds.
The 2018 BMW i5 is speculated to only switch its power demand in upwards of 36 miles per hour, but below the speed it automatically switches to an electric-only mode. The desired goal of its powertrain is to maximise the time spent by the vehicle in electric-only mode, which naturally boosts its fuel efficiency.
As for longer distances, the powertrain switches to a combined mode which powers the front wheel as well, this means that the Power eDrive vehicles are theoretically through-the-roads hybrid as well. The anterior motor alone is rated at around 201 horsepower (150kW), in addition to the engine’s output. The combined output now adds up to about 670 horsepower (500kW), the automaker says that the model will be able to make use of its electric power fully in about two-thirds of its cycle usage.
In another perspective, the regulatory statutes requirements for many reduced C02 emissions have now lead to a solution that makes most out of electric capability of hybrid vehicles, giving its users the result they have been hoping for: an all-electric drive that is void of the engine.
Concurring with ‘Autobild’, the vehicle that will come with this powertrain is said to possess sleek proportions of a six-series Gran Coupe, however, it will still make use of the a similar underlying structure of the long-wheelbase five-series sedan that has been successful in China.
The vehicle is still under development and exact details have not emerged, however, sources deeply involved in the process have revealed that the vehicle might not make use of the carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic body shell and aluminium rolling chassis of both the i8 and that of the i3 as earlier speculated.
Despite the above revelations, a car that has been built to operate on an all-electric mode under 35 mph is definitely a step towards greater fuel efficiency. The new i5, or whatever it will be dubbed in the future, is expected to arrive anywhere in 2018.