Towards the end of last year, we brought you news that the BMW i4 was almost ready and in testing. Now, at this year’s not-in-Geneva Geneva Motor Show, BMW have unveiled the almost-finished BMW i4 in all its glory. Pretty fantastic, isn’t it?
Okay, this isn’t the actual production version, it’s actually the BMW Concept i4 but it gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect. Said to be based on the second-generation BMW 4 Series, which is coming later this year, the BMW i4 combines typical BMW saloon design with the futuristic DNA of the BMW i brand.
Interestingly, the removal of any exhaust pipes and reduced need for cooling has allowed BMW to give the Concept i4 some very aggressive aero features; namely a huge rear diffuser – which wouldn’t look out of place on a racing car – and vertical barge boards at the front and rear.
Whilst the exterior might change when we see the real BMW i4, the powertrain won’t. Designed, developed and produced by BMW, the electric powertrain in the i4 produces 523bhp, that’s 69bhp more than the M4 CS. Feeding power to all-four wheels, it’ll grant the BMW i4 the ability to sprint from a standstill to 62mph in just 4 seconds and on to a top speed of 124mph.
Arguably more important than that, however, the 80kWh lithium ion battery pack will give the i4 a range of around 373miles. BMW don’t mention how long it’ll take the i4’s battery to charge or if it’ll support wireless charging, so we’ll bring you that info as soon as we have it.
On the inside, simplicity has been a priority. That means very few buttons and a large screen that curves its way from behind the steering wheel to the centre of the car. Known as the new BMW Curved Display, that large screen will serve as both the driver’s instruments and the infotainment system.
Other than that curved display, you’ll be hard pushed to find anything else, with even the air vents being hidden through clever design and patterns. That doesn’t mean the interior is boring, oh no. It just means that a journey in the BMW i4 will be more relaxing and enjoyable, owing to the uncluttered, bright and airy nature of the cabin.
The production version of the BMW i4 will be with us next year and we can’t wait to see what the final product looks like. Are you excited for BMW’s first electric saloon? Let us know on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter.