In an era where cars are looking more and more the same, this is different. It’s bold. It stands apart. It makes a statement. Some will not appreciate the design of the large front grille, but no one will mistake the i4 for a Tesla.
The four-door sedan is claimed to produce as much as 525bhp and have a range of up to 600 kilometres (370 miles) from the 80kWh battery pack in the floor.
The BMW i4 has one motor, designed in-house and fitted to the front axle. However, it drives all four wheels.
Tech highlights include OLED rear lights, and a single, curved HD display atop the dashboard.
Unlike previous models in BMW’s i sub-brand, the i4 will share its platform with a traditional model; in this case, the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Goodbye, expensive carbon fiber chassis.
While the i4 is nearly ready for production, certain details will likely disappear for road duty. The side-view cameras might not: they’re not yet legal here in North America, but other markets do allow for them. The gigantic diffuser out back will also shrink to dimensions less Le Mans. But overall, the basic cab-rearward proportions will carry over.
Powering the i4 will be BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive tech. A 80 kWh battery provides the charge, with 523 hp on tap — more than the upcoming M3/M4 is expected to produce. The battery itself weighs in at just over 1200 lb, suggesting the i will tip the scales at quite a bit more than any other 4 variant. Nonetheless, BMW is quoting a 0-60 mph run of 4.0 seconds, and an 80 percent charge in 35 minutes via 150 kW DC fast charger.
BMW is sticking to its WLTP estimate of 373 miles of range. On the tougher EPA scale it’s estimated 270 miles.
CEO Oliver Zipse described the BMW Concept i4 vehicle as bringing “electromobility to the heart of the BMW brand.”
“It’s fast, it has an acceleration of less than four seconds from zero to 100 kilometers an hour, it has a range of 600 kilometers (about 373 miles),” Zipse, who was speaking to CNBC’s Annette Weisbach, said. The price is yet to be announced.
He went on to note that the company sold more than 140,000 electrified vehicles last year, stating he was “quite positive about our profitability in the future, even with electromobility.”
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