BMW i5 Patent Images Uncovered, Show Sedan Inspired by i3 And i8

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BMW is working on new members for its i family, but it is unclear what names will they take and what kind of body style will be employed.
A recent discovery of a BMW patent filing has revealed yet another design that might be used for the next i5, Autorai notes. Unlike the images from last November, when the presumed i5 was a prototype for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, this automobile seems to be what everyone thinks it is - a design patent for the future member of the BMW i family.

As you can discern from the patent images, the car is a three-box notchback with four doors. It looks like an i8 was turned into a sedan and has also borrowed a few elements from the i3.

The car has a “floating roof,” which is a fancy term for when designers attempt to make the roof of the vehicle appear to float over the car using various elements. In this case, the window line has been extended to slot over the lower part of the C-pillar.

The front end looks unusual, as it does not resemble the i3 or the i8 that much, while the rear of the vehicle bears inspiration from both models. The shape of doors knobs reveals that the ones in the back appear to open in reverse, which would be interesting to see. After all, this model does not have any B-pillars, and its body is presumably made of carbon fiber.

We must admit that this is not the most attractive BMW concept or design we have ever seen. Some critics of the Bavarian brand might say that it looks like a Prius and an i8 had an inconvenient night in a dark corner of an underground parking garage. It is hard to tell what part of this model is the most unusual concerning design, as many elements are difficult to love.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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