BMW i4 Electric Sedan Revealed
As BMW steps on to launch the rival Tesla Model 3 on foreign markets three months ahead of time, it showed the final production-specific prototype for its upcoming i4 sedan.
“Three months early on, it was a quick decision to start,” says CEO Oliver Zipse, who explained how BMW “picking on the pace” with regard to electricity generation. In the coming weeks, complete specifications will be released.
The final BMW i4 remains true to the nature of the production forecast model of last year and obviously has a visual connection with the combustion-engine 4 series. The next Gran Coupé 4 series is largely the same as the four-door i4 exclusively.
Exact technical specifications are still under wraps, but the range-top variant–which is probably seen with BMW i4 M –will ship to both axles up to 530 Hp and give a range of 590 km on the WLTP cycles. It is possible that 0-100kph would take around 4.0sec and the maximum speed is about 200kph.
The BMW i4 is based on the updated CLAR platform which supports the current 3series and 4-series battery packs with a capacity of up to 80 kWh. There is also an entry-level version with a smaller battery rear-wheel drive, such as the larger iX.
The BMW i4 will use the new BMW iDrive OS, shared with iX, that allows over-air updates and significantly reduces the number of physical controls in the cabin, but retains the feature rotary knob that has been used since it was introduced 20 years ago for any iDrive iteration.
Together with the i3, the latest iX3 SUV, and iX flagship, the i4 is to be sold on foreign markets in the widening all-electric range of BMW. By2023, the firm will have 12 fully electric cars delivered globally, with 90% of the new market segments being electrically optional.
The debut of i4 in terms of volume is that BMW is unveiling a proposal to revise its approach to the manufacturing of electric cars from 2025.
A fundamentally modern approach to architecture and a greater emphasis on technologies and software will emerge in the course of the transition ‘Neue Klasse.’ A new hybrid powertrain family, more powerful battery technologies, and better use of recycled materials in the manufacturing process will also be launched.
BMW has no pure electric vehicle on sale in India, while the 7 Series comes in the hybrid version of the 745Le plug-in. The German premium brand has recently added the M340i xDrive to the 3 series line-up and launched a new petrol option at the entry-level for the X3 SUV.