A report by BMWBlog claims the BMW i5 has been cancelled. Instead, the company will focus on electrifying models in the regular BMW line-up like the X3 and 4 Series Gran Coupe, as well as new fully electric MINI vehicles.

Rumours of a model that slots in between the i3 and the i8 have been going on for some time now, with leaked patent images further supporting that possibility. However, should the i5 project truly be binned, the i8 Spyder will be the only new addition to the BMW i range.

Nonetheless, the BMW i division will be busy developing its iNEXT model range, which is expected to go on sale in 2021. Built on modular architectures, these models are expected to offer autonomous driving capabilities and further improve upon BMW’s electrification expertise.

“The all-electric MINI and the all-electric BMW X3 will mark the beginning of the second wave of electrification for the BMW Group, benefitting from the ongoing technological progress we are making in this area,” said BMW CEO Harald Krueger.

GALLERY: BMW i5 patent images