BMW has embraced pure electrics, gasoline-electric hybrids, and is getting back into hydrogen cars with help from Toyota TM, -1.43% but its two major entries when it comes to electric cars have been at the polar ends of the price spectrum. The BMW i8 is positioned as a halo sports car model and is priced as such, while the BMW i3 offers city proportions and versatility in a compact package.
What BMW does not have at the moment is an electric luxury sedan, but it definitely sounds like they’re thinking about it, according to a report from Reuters.
BMW revealed the Future Luxury Concept last year, previewing a large sedan with i lineup elements.
“There is space if you look at it from the number point of view,” BMW CEO Harald Krueger told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung when prompted about new models in the pipeline.
Recent reports indicate that BMW may build the potential i5 in two flavors: as a plug-in hybrid and as a pure electric. This would give buyers the option of picking a green car tailored to their needs, their location and their commute while using a common bodystyle and drivetrain. The design could replicate the general size and layout of the 5-series, though a Bavarian Tesla Model S rival is likely to offer a unique design, meant to advance the distinct look of the electric lineup, as well as distinctive interior packaging.
Porsche is said to be readying a smaller hybrid sedan referred to in the automotive press as the Pajun, even though its name is unconfirmed. The Pajun, which may appear at the Frankfurt Motor Show opening Sept. 17 in concept form, is expected to be aimed generally at the Tesla Model S. Reports of the Pajun date back three years, and have recently intensified with promises of a 300-hp Tesla Model S fighter.
Given the amount of time that the Tesla TSLA, -0.55% sedan has been on the market and the range of electric cars that German manufacturers have launched in recent years, it is only a matter of time until a major manufacturer takes on the Model S directly. We’ll have to wait and see whether it comes out of Munich or Stuttgart first.