New BMW i4 spotted testing: mid-life facelift for premium EV

September 26, 2023 by

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The BMW i4 is getting a mid-life update, and this facelifted EV has been spotted during testing. Read on for all you need to know.

  • Facelifted BMW i4 spotted testing
  • Minor styling upgrades
  • Interior likely to stay the same
  • May get improved efficiency
  • Reveal expected early next year

It’s been a couple of years now since the BMW i4 first made its debut, and the Tesla Model 3 alternative looks as though it’s getting a mid-life facelift.

Carwow’s spy photographers have managed to snap the updated i4 while out and about during development testing, and it looks as though the styling tweaks will be pretty subtle.

New BMW i4 design

The BMW i4 is essentially an electric 4 Series Gran Coupe, so it makes sense that it’s been spotted testing at around the same time as that car. You have to look pretty hard to see any styling tweaks over the current car, but they are there.

The massive buck-teeth of today’s 4 Series and i4 aren’t going anywhere, and they’re still mostly blanked-off for this electric car. The headlights also appear to have been tweaked, with a new LED signature, although the shape looks as though it’s the same.

It also looks like there are some new lights at the rear. If you look carefully, the indicators on this prototype are thin LED strips which run through the middle of the light cluster, whereas the current car’s have a kink in them which curves around the outside.

So what else can you expect to see under the wrap? Well slightly re-shaped front and rear bumpers are almost a certainty with any mid-life update, and there may be some new alloy wheel designs as well.

New BMW i4: what else will change?

Details are pretty thin on the ground in regards to other changes for the new BMW i4. The interior is unlikely to change much, as it was recently updated to include the massive curved infotainment system from other models such as the iX and 3 Series.

Check out Mat’s in-depth review of the current BMW i4…

Under the skin, you can expect to see all the same motor options from today’s i4. This means a choice of rear-wheel drive or dual-motors with all-wheel drive. There may be a couple of tweaks to improve efficiency slightly, which could improve on the current car’s 357 miles of range.

When can I buy the new BMW i4?

While an official reveal for the facelifted BMW i4 is yet to be confirmed, you can expect it to make a debut at the beginning of 2024 at around the same time as the updated 4 Series.

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