The famous sports car manufacturer from Bavaria puts a lot of effort in its new “i” division of all-electric cars. So far, we have seen a few electric cars from BMW, but there are 12 new all-electric models to come by 2025, according to company officials. One of them will be a model called BMW i4. Its designation clearly indicates that we are about to see a sports car, most likely sedan, which will resemble the current 4 Series in terms of size, style, and overall design. This will be a new grand tourer, this time with an all-electric powertrain.
Still, it will come in a different body style, most likely. Latest reports suggest it will follow design philosophy of the recent i Vision Dynamics. This concept was presented last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show and it takes a lot of inspiration from the current 4 Series Coupe, despite different body style. Proportions are similar, as well as the overall styling approach.
Of course, the production model would come with certain differences, not just in terms of styling, but with new mechanical design solutions as well. As you can notice, the i Vision Dynamics concept features pretty low ground clearance, like a real sports car. However, the BMW i4 will most likely sling a little bit higher. The reason is a battery pack, which should be positioned not only between but over the axles too. With such a design solution, the new model will feature more capacity, without sacrificing interior space, aesthetics or something third.
Without any doubt, a drivetrain will be the central part of the new BMW i4. At this point, details about electric motors are still a mystery, though it seems clear that this will be a performance car, with lots of power. On the other side, there has been a lot of talk about the new battery. It looks like BMW is about to introduce the new, fifth-generation battery design. It this case, expect a lot of capacity, up to 120 kWh according to some reports.
What do these numbers mean in practice? It means that we could expect a max range around 375 miles. These figures are based on the WLTP cycle, which actually means a little bit shorter distances on a single charge in reality.
Among 12 new electric cars, the i4 won’t be the first one to come. The next year will bring electric Mini hardtop first, while an all-electric X3 is expected for 2020. After these two, we can expect to see the new BMW i4, as well as a production version of iNext crossover. From today’s perspective, Tesla Model 3 seems like a natural rival. Of course, a few more electric sports car of similar characteristics should arrive in the following years, from various premium carmakers, including BMW’s closest rival Mercedes-Benz.