BMW Concept i4 breaks cover with 373-mile range
BMW Concept i4 boasts a 523bhp electric powertrain and previews forthcoming 2021 BMW i4
- Range of 373 miles
- 0-62mph in four seconds with a top speed of 124mph
- Production of the BMW i4 will start in 2021
The BMW Concept i4 has been revealed. The all-electric coupe-style concept car has a range of 373 miles and is a preview of BMW’s first production four-door electric saloon model, which is scheduled to arrive in 2021.
The final production model, which will be called the BMW i4, is likely to look very similar to this concept car. The final design, price and specifications will be confirmed in due course but we already know that the i4 will slot in between the i8 supercar and the i3 hatchback in BMW’s electric model range, and rival the Tesla Model 3.
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.
The Concept i4 shares its underpinnings with the forthcoming BMW 4 Series Coupe. It features a number of styling tweaks hinting at its electric powertrain, including larger kidney grilles at the front, blanked-off air vents in the front bumper, narrow LED headlights and blue contrast detailing.
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.
BMW’s concept cars usually offer a strong indication of what final production models will look like, so we expect the i4 to look broadly similar to this concept, perhaps with the exception of small details such as the alloy wheels and wing mirror design.
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.