New 530hp BMW i4 revealed with up to 300 miles of range: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne and James Allen
Nick Lette van Oostvoorne and James Allen
March 17, 2021

BMW has revealed the new i4 EV before it goes on sale in late 2021. The i4 will also be available as BMW’s first electric M performance model. Read on for full details.

  • BMW i4 EV revealed
  • Up to 300-mile 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
  • On sale in Autumn 2022

The new BMW i4 electric car is the brand’s first electric saloon and is an alternative to the likes of the Tesla Model 3. The i4 is based on the upcoming BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and will go on sale in Autumn 2021.

New BMW i4 design

The new BMW i4 looks fairly similar to the new BMW 4 Series from the front – its vast two-piece grille makes certain of that. However, to make sure you don’t mistake this aggressive-looking four-door coupe for a petrol- or diesel-powered BMW, there are plenty of bright blue details – just like those on the BMW iX3 SUV and new iX EV.

From the side, you’ll spot that the new BMW i4 is longer than a 4 Series Coupe thanks to its extra set of doors, but its sloping roofline means it looks sleeker than a 3 Series saloon.

You’ll spot more blue trim at the back of the new BMW i4, along with a large contrasting rear diffuser – no fake exhaust trims here.

New BMW i4 Concept aerodynamics

To help make it slippery through the air, the BMW i4 has some clever aerodynamic devices. These reduce drag, which means the car’s motor doesn’t have to work so hard to push it through the air. The upside? You can drive further between charges.

Expect to find two large fake grilles under this prototype’s camouflage. 

With no petrol or diesel engine to cool, the large faux front grille has been completely closed off, and there’s also a big diffuser in the rear bumper. Even the door handles have been designed with aerodynamic efficiency in mind – rather than being protruding items, as they are on the similarly-sized BMW 4 Series, they’re flush fitting with the bodywork.

New BMW i4 interior

The i4 Concept’s cabin is packed with elegant shapes and pale colours.

BMW hasn’t revealed much about the new i4’s interior yet, though the i4 Concept and the recently revealed iX SUV (shown below) both give you a good idea of what to expect.

The concept’s crystal-style surround on the rotary iDrive controller probably won’t make it to production, but the iX SUV’s huge wraparound screen on the dashboard should feature on the finished cars.

The iX’s infotainment system (shown here) should appear in the new i4, too. 

Because the BMW i4 will be similar in size to the BMW 3 Series, it should mean the i4 will be pretty spacious inside. However, the more sloping roofline – much like what you’ll get on the upcoming BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe – will likely eat into back-seat headroom.

New BMW i4 electric motors and range

Just like the BMW i4 Concept, the production-ready BMW i4 is powered by a single electric motor. In its most powerful guise, BMW says the motor can produce 530hp – that’s more than you get from the 510hp twin-turbo petrol engine in the new BMW M3 Competition performance saloon or M4 Coupe. This also means it can accelerate from 0-60mph in less than four seconds.

Expect the new i4 to manage more than 370 miles on a charge.

The BMW i4’s battery and claimed range specs have been carried over from the i4 Concept, too. According to BMW, the i4’s 80kWh battery pack can store enough charge for you to drive up to 300 miles (according to the EPA range tests used in the USA). This should equate to around 350 miles of range using WLTP tests.

Watch our EV range test video

The BMW i4 will also be compatible with powerful 150kW charging points – meaning you can recharge the batteries from empty to 80% full in 35 minutes.

New BMW i4 Concept driving

The BMW i4’s 80kWh battery pack may allow a good range, but it’s also very heavy – it aloe weighs 550kg. To make sure this doesn’t make the car feel like a heavy lumbering SUV, BMW has stored the batteries in the boot floor. This helps lower the car’s centre of gravity, which in theory will stop the car from leaning through tight turns.

Even better, BMW has hired composer Hans Zimmer (of Inception soundtrack fame) to produce the sound effects for the i4 – 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 is due to go on sale before the end of 2021. Prices haven’t been confirmed yet, though expect the entry-level BMW i4 to start from around £50,000 – which is around the same as a Polestar 2 and a Tesla Model 3 Long Range.

If you can’t wait for the BMW i4 to go on sale, see how much you can save on a new BMW electric car by visiting our BMW i3 deals page. 

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