2021 BMW i4 to feature 4 Series styling

New electric BMW i4 will be rival to Tesla Model 3; 373-mile range promised

  • Previewed by exclusive images
  • 0-62mph in four seconds with a top speed of 124mph
  • Production of the BMW i4 will start in 2021

This is how the upcoming BMW i4 saloon could look when it launches in 2021. It’ll borrow styling details from the new BMW 4 Series and may replace the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe as a sleeker alternative to the BMW 3 Series.

The BMW Concept i4 previewed the upcoming production model and BMW told us the concept was around 85% representative of the final, showroom-ready car. It’ll get sleek headlights and big grilles like the 4 Series, but the grilles will be blank to highlight its electric powertrain. Elsewhere, there’ll be a host of blue touches, just like the recently revealed BMW iX3 SUV.

The car’s flowing coupe-style rooline leads to a ‘ducktail’ style bootlid, which features narrow tail-lights and a prominent rear diffuser. Large aero-efficient alloy wheels also feature and extended side sills hide the car’s battery pack.

An electric BMW 3 Series is also in the pipeline, and both will rival the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2 saloons. We also know that the brand is set to reveal a host of electric models in the next two years, including the iX1, i5, i7 and the divisive iX SUV.

Powertrain and performance

The Concept i4 features the fifth generation of BMW’s eDrive battery technology, with an 80kWh battery providing a claimed range of 373 miles. BMW says that the car’s battery features an ‘extremely slim’ design and weighs only 550kg. The car produces 523bhp and is capable of 0-62mph in four seconds with a top speed of 124mph.

Interior and technology

Inside, the interior features a large curved display that houses both the digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen. BMW has already confirmed that this setup will be used on the forthcoming electric iNEXT SUV as well as the i4.

The touchscreen controls nearly all of the car’s functions, including the climate control, sat nav and stereo. BMW’s iDrive rotary control dial is still present on the centre console, suggesting that owners will have the option to use physical controls if they prefer. BMW has also done away with a gear lever for the concept, replacing it with a toggle shifter. There’s also a start/stop button and drive mode buttons labelled with ‘Efficient,’ ‘Core,’ and ‘Sport.’

The interior features a four-seat layout, with seats trimmed in sustainably sourced materials, including microfibre and natural leather. Elsewhere, bronze detailing is dotted around the dashboard and door panels.

What does it mean for car buyers?

When it arrives in 2021, the all-electric BMW i4 will be a direct rival to the Tesla Model 3 and a genuine electric alternative to conventionally powered models of the 3 Series. It looks likely to match the Model 3 for technology while beating its 348-mile range with a 373-mile range, which should be enough for most owners. Add to this BMW’s reputation for producing great driver’s cars, plus the premium badge, and the i4 could well be a tempting alternative to the Model 3 for buyers that want to make the switch to electric.

Want to know more about BMW’s electrified model range? Check out our reviews of the BMW 330e, BMW X5 xDrive45e and BMW i3.

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