It’s official - the BMW i4 is on its way! Excitingly, much like the previous members of the BMW i family, it promises to be ground-breaking and will set “new standards in terms of power density, efficiency and range in locally emissions-free driving”. We’re quite looking forward to this one.
The BMW i range is set to grow rather a lot over the next couple of years, with plans to offer five different all-electric models by the end of 2021 (BMW i3, i4, i8, iX3 and iNEXT). The BMW i4, however, is arguably one of the most important for the brand as it brings all-electric power to a segment in which BMW have always been one of the dominant forces.
Thankfully, looking at this first prototype, it certainly doesn’t look like BMW are going to disappoint, however. Utilising the fifth generation of BMW’s eDrive technology (tech that’ll make its debut on the 2020 iX3), the BMW i4 will be able to offer 526hp – the same as a current V8 – and a 0-62mph sprint of around four seconds, whilst still allowing for an emissions-free range of 370 miles.
It’ll also charge quickly, thanks to a redesigned high-voltage battery. Weighing 550kg, the flat 80kWh battery will be capable of charging to 80% in around 35 minutes using a 150kW charger.
Using a little bit of Top Gear maths, that works out to around 62 miles every six minutes. Not bad. With BMW working on wireless charging technology, it could also be incredibly convenient.
When it comes to design, luxury and etc, we don’t really know all that much – after all, this is the first prototype that BMW have officially told us about. As the BMW i4 is set to join the same market segment as the BMW 3 and 4 series however, you can probably expect a luxurious coupe with futuristic BMW i styling on the outside and no end of technology on the inside.
Owing to the incredible models that already exist within the BMW i range, it’s hard not to be excited about all of the new members – especially the i4. You can most certainly expect to see more on the BMW i4, iX3 and iNEXT soon, so keep an eye on our Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter to ensure you’re up-to-date.