BMW has revealed its next i model in a series of patent images. The new model is an electric hatchback with five doors.
A series of images have landed on the internet, hinting the next BMW electric could be a practical five-door hatchback rather than an SUV as stated by BMW earlier.
The i5 nameplate was speculated for the new SUV, But BMW has filed all badges from i1 to i9 so it's difficult to predict what will be the name of this electric car.
Looking at the images, it has a similar front end as the current BMW i3 hatchback and I8 sports car. The headlights are almost identical to previous models.
The five-door is pretty clear from the photos provided, although the rear doors are pretty congested and compromise in terms of ingress and egress. It seems like a rear-hinged mechanism will be deployed.
The floating C-pillar is identical to the i8, which is designed to channel air past the rear flanks. The squared off tail is similar to its rival models Prius and Ioniq.
It is still not known whether BMW will offer this model as a pure electric vehicle or will use other green technologies which are at disposal of the German carmaker.
There is also a speculation that this new model will be equipped with semi-autonomous technology along with its advanced battery and long range capability.