The rumormill churns out new info on the BMW i5. The long-time rumored midsize electric car has been mentioned before in the same sentence with he Tesla’s Model S, but has gone from an electric car to a hydrogen-based drivetrain several times. Now according to CAR, the i5 or i7, whichever name BMW will settle on, would arrive in 2018 and it’s known internally as the F18 PHEV project.
It’s based around the long-wheelbase four-door 5 Series architecture designed for China; the stretched platform helping accommodate the bulky batteries required for these vehicles, as well as liberating extra space for bodies. The suspension, steering, brakes and the basic packaging is said to be imported from the upcoming G31 5 Series, while the drivetrain of i5/i7 has evidently been inspired by the i8.