New BMW i4: Price, specs and release date
The new BMW i4 Concept has been revealed and it shows us what to expect when BMW pulls the covers from the finished i4 saloon later this year.
- BMW i4 Concept revealed
- Previews new i4 saloon
- 373-mile electric range
- 530hp electric motors
- 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds
- Top speed of more than 124mph
- Uber-minimalist cabin
- Huge infotainment display
- Sound effects by Hans Zimmer
New BMW i4 design
Not much about the new BMW i4 Concept is particularly surprising. Its simple, flowing lines and massive kidney grille are a combination of what the German brand has already shown on the iNEXT SUV and the 4 Series Concept from 2019. The broad-spoked alloy wheels and thin wing mirrors help smooth out the airflow around the i4 Concept so it can slip through the air with as little fuss as possible, and the bright blue contrasting trim helps passers-by tell it apart from a petrol- or diesel-powered BMW.
New BMW i4 Concept aerodynamics
The BMW i4 Concept gets some seriously clever aerodynamics to help it produce as little drag as possible. For a start, almost all of its grilles and intakes have been blanked off and the alloy wheels have big flat spokes to stop them producing too much turbulence. The BMW i4 gets some normal door mirrors – no fancy cameras here like on an Audi e-tron – but they’re super thin to help reduce drag. At the back, there’s a massive rear diffuser. And, it isn’t just a fake one like you get on a Honda Civic Type R – it’s the real deal.
New BMW i4 interior
The BMW i4 Concept might look fairly conventional on the outside – from some angles, at least – but its interior is an altogether more eye-popping affair. The large windows and massive panoramic glass roof, along with swathes of white upholstery, mean it looks impressively airy and there aren’t any buttons or unsightly air vents to clutter the place up. Instead of BMW’s dual-screen infotainment system (with one display on the dashboard and another in front of the steering wheel), you get a single sweeping widescreen that looks very similar to what you’ll find in most modern Mercedes. BMW’s signature iDrive rotary dial has been given a crystal makeover, too.
New BMW i4 electric motors and range
The BMW i4 Concept is powered by a single electric motor that BMW claims will produce 530hp – as much as some of its petrol V8 engines. This means the i4 Concept can sprint from 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 124mph. The i4 Concept’s 80kWh batteries can store enough juice for you to drive 373 miles between charges. That’s significantly more than the 322 miles a Tesla Model 3 Long Range can deliver and just a few miles shy of what the Tesla Model S can manage. BMW claims you can recharge the i4 Concept’s batteries from empty to 80% full in just 35 minutes using a 150kW charger.
New BMW i4 Concept driving
BMW has packaged the i4 Concept’s 550kg battery pack under the car’s floor. This helps keep the car’s weight as close to the ground as possible, which means it’ll have less reason to lean and lurch in sharp corners. Typically, BMW saloons feel more agile than those from other carmakers, and you can bet the German brand will work hard to make sure this is true of its electric cars, too. Even better, BMW has hired composer Hans Zimmer (of Inception soundtrack fame) to produce the sound effects for the i4 Concept – just don’t go expecting Leonardo DiCaprio to be the voice of the sat-nav…
New BMW i4 Concept price and release date
The BMW i4 Concept won’t ever go on sale, but it gives us a good idea of what to expect from the upcoming i4. This fully electric saloon should make its public appearance sometime in 2020 and is expected to go on sale later in 2021. Expect to hand over from around £50,000 for the BMW i4 – around the same as a Tesla Model 3 Long Range.
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