Tesla Model S rivalling BMW i5 detailed

New details about the upcoming BMW i5 sedan have emerged online. The German marque hasn’t commented on the existence of an i5 designed to rival the Tesla Model S but has previously confirmed that a third model will be added to the i range in the future.

It is suggested that like the Tesla Model S it will compete with, the BMW i5 will feature four doors as well as seating for four occupants. Unlike the Tesla however, the i5 will be available as a plug-in hybrid like both the i3 and i5. Consequently, reports suggest that it will combine an electric motor installed at the rear and delivering 275 hp as well as a 3 or 4-cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels.

An all-electric version is also expected to be available. It should combine a 225 hp electric motor at the rear with a 135 hp electric motor at the front. Both of these variations will include all-wheel drive and advanced torque vectoring .

The German marque is also said to be dedicated to ensuring the i5 weighs as little as possible and significantly less than the Model S. Thanks to a range of carbon fibre elements and a host of other lightweight materials, the BMW i5 could tip the scales at less than 1560 kg.

Generally speaking, the i5 will be similar in size to the BMW 3-Series but it will feature a longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs to ensure it is more spacious inside.

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