BMW i Vision concept a future Tesla rival?

BMW Looking to Transform the E-Vehicle Experience

BMW Looking to Transform the E-Vehicle Experience

The four-dour luxury coupe has a head-turning design, including Tesla-familiar features like flush door handles, but BMW is also touting its range at a whopping 373 miles, with a top speed of over 120 mph and a 0-to-60 mph time of just four seconds.

BMW revealed its i Vision Dynamics four-door Gran Coupe electric concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Instead BMW has concentrated on the way the i Vision Dynamics offers a clue as to the styling direction the BMW i Brand will take when it turns its hand to more mainstream models.

Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president for BMW Group Design, said: "With the i3 and i8 we have designed a revolutionary city vehicle and a revolutionary sports auto". Done in a "reflection silver" colour, the new Mini Electric concept looks quite smashing with its contrasting yellow paint scheme. The flush side windows are relatively shallow and BMW's traditional Hofmeister kink is missing while at the rear it has a clean design populated by BMW's new slim LED lights with an i flourish at their extremities. "The BMW i Vision Dynamics allows us to show right now what another electric BMW might look like".

The i Vision Dynamics, or the i5 as it should be known when it goes on sale, is a much more family-orientated auto than the i8, and larger than the i3. It sports a large kidney grille at the front, 22-inch wheels and hockey stick-shaped headlights.

The production-ready version is set to arrive in showrooms in 2021.

The concept is part of BMW's overall electrification plan, which sees the automaker fielding 25 electrified models by 2025, with 12 of those being purely electric vehicles.

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