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BMW i Vision Dynamics previews i5 production car

Bob Harper
12 Sep 2017

BMW's next i car will offer BMW's core values of 'dynamism and elegance'

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As part of BMW’s push towards electric mobility it has revealed a four-door Gran Coupe, the BMW i Vision Dynamics, that offers a pointer to how its next i model, the i5, will look. The BMW i Vision Dynamics will have a range of 373 miles, a top speed of over 120 mph and will complete the 0-62mph sprint in just four seconds.

While those are pretty tempting performance figures details of the i Vision Dynamics’ underpinnings are notable by their absence. Instead BMW has concentrated on the way the i Vision Dynamics offers a clue as to the styling direction the BMW i Brand will take when it turns its hand to more mainstream models. 

“With the i3 and i8 we have designed a revolutionary city car and a revolutionary sports car,” said Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW Group’s Design chief. “And now the BMW i Vision Dynamics is combining electric mobility with the core values of BMW: dynamism and elegance. We are therefore demonstrating how the product range and the design language of BMW i can be evolved further into other concepts.”

The i Vision Dynamics features a bold take on the traditional BMW kidney grilles, not too dissimilar to those on the BMW Vision Next 100 presented last year, and on this latest concept they’re illuminated in BMW i blue as are other highlights on the car. The traditional BMW quad headlights are featured, but reimagined for a BMW i application.

The strongly sculpted bonnet leads to a swept back windscreen whose glass structure runs all the way to the rear of the car. In profile it reveals typical BMW proportions with a mildly truncated rear end, a long wheelbase and wheels pushed out to the corners. The flush side windows are relatively shallow and BMW’s traditional Hofmeister kink is missing while at the rear it has a clean design populated by BMW’s new slim LED lights with an i flourish at their extremities.

In terms of dimensions the i Vision Dynamics sits about half way between a current 3-series and 5-series in terms of length and width while it is considerably lower than both of those models. The show car’s large wheel wells accommodate typically large BMW i-styled 22-inch rims.

As with the drivetrain the interior details are hidden for the time being but it’s almost certain that when the car arrives – which we anticipate being in 2021 – it will feature BMW’s promised autonomous driving tech. When the i5 does arrive we expect the i Vision Dynamics’ styling to be significantly toned down and it will look more like the infographic image that was leaked last week.

“We have more electrified vehicles on the road than any established competitor and are committed to expanding our activities in the field of electric mobility,” commented Harald Krüger, Chairman of the BMW Board of Management. “By 2025 we will be offering 25 models with an electrified drive system – of which 12 will be pure-electric. With the BMW i Vision Dynamics we are therefore electrifying the heart of the BMW brand and, at the same time, elevating BMW i into a totally new dimension.” 

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