Today we get our first look at the final form of the all electric BMW i4. The car, due in showrooms next year, it BMW’s first fully electric sedan and intended to compete with higher-end models of the Tesla Model 3.
The final look of the car will follow the concept very closely with a large vertical grille void of functionality. Reports suggest that the concept is 85% production ready with wheel size and other design details being the primary differences.
The i4 is BMW’s first full electric product leveraging The CLAR platform and BMW’s everything for everyone strategy. That means beyond the all electric i4, we’ll see 4 Series with ICE and hybrids drivetrains.
Powering the i4 will be BMW’s 5th generation eDrive system producing 523bhp from two electric motors. With all-wheel drive standard, 0-60 times should be somewhere in the high 3 second range.
BMW has gone on record in saying the i4 will initial be offering with a 80kWh battery pack with a range of 373 miles. EPA ratings will surely be lower but still like near the 300 mile mark. Charging rates will be up to 150kW.
“The BMW Concept i4 brings electrification to the core of the BMW brand,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The design is dynamic, clean and elegant. In short: a perfect BMW that happens to be zero emission.”
Look for the final car to debut later this spring.