By 2023, BMW will have an offer of twelve 100% electric cars. This range will not only consist of vehicles of the BMW brand, but also those of the British firm MINI (Rolls-Royce also belongs to BMW; however, at the moment it is not known if it will launch its first electric car before or after 2023).
Instead of launching an electric variant of the Series 5 called i5, BMW will present an unpublished model called i6. This vehicle will be based on the Series 5, but it will be differentiated by using a coupé-style body, more sporty and aerodynamic. This strategy is similar to that followed with the i4, which instead of being based on the standard Series 3, derives from its coupe variant, the Series 4.
According to internal sources of the German firm, the new i6 will be offered with two batteries: one of 90 kWh, which will allow it to reach 560 km WLTP autonomy, and another 120 kWh with which it will be around (or even exceed) 700 km WLTP. The base powertrain will have a power of 544 hp, while above, we will find an M Performance variant of 670 hp. In both cases, the traction will be totally thanks to the use of two electric motors (one per axle).
This vehicle will rival the Tesla Model S, Porsche Taycan, Audi e-Tron GT, and Mercedes-Benz EQE, all of them located in the E segment. However, it is expected that the BMW is the last to arrive, as rumors indicate that It will be released in 2023 and will go on sale throughout 2024.