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BMW i5 SUV With Range Extender to Arrive in 2020

The BMW i5  SUV would be arriving in 2020, according to the German automaker. The i5 will be a pure electric SUV and not a plug-in hybrid as it was thought to be previously. The i5 would have a new feature called “range extender”. Simply put, this will be an internal combustion engine. According to BMW, this range extender would become obsolete in the future years. BMW is also planning to unveil the new 8 series by 2020.

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According to BMW, “The range-extender plays an important part in the next years when range remains a limiting factor and a source of anxiety. Of course, once we get to a range that is more comparable with that of an internal-combustion engine it will become obsolete. So this is the reason I can say we will continue to offer the range-extender in the future as optional equipment, to address different customer needs.”

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The BMW i5 would be based on a new platform called flat battery storage assembly, of FSAR It will have a crossover carbon-fiber structure. According to BMW, the company is targeting families with the i5 SUV. BMW says that that compared to a traditional engine powered car, the carbon footprint for hybrid models are often higher and that does not make any sense, given the energy investment in them.

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BMW has not released any additional information on the i5. More news is expected shortly. In the meantime, the new renderings of the BMW i5 by RM design should do the job. This will be the third model in the BMW “i” family and if the production version comes anywhere close the to the rendering, one can expect it will be well received by its target audience.

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Motorcyclist, Traveler, Aerospace Engineer and your friendly neighborhood Batman. Suhas has been meandering on two wheels since 2008. His love for automobiles, aeroplanes and his passion for travel has brought him here. He's a RC plane hobbyist currently building a Supermarine Spitfire and the Associate Editor at TheMotorLife

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