This BMW i4 concept previews a production model which is scheduled for next year and ready to battle it out with the Tesla Model 3
Munich may be a bit late to the electric party but BMW seems to be taking its time just to make sure everything is done right instead of rushed to market to meet stringent CO2 emissions regulations. This new BMW i4 concept is a look at a future zero-emissions model slated to enter production next year. It’ll be fighting it out with the Tesla Model 3 in the premium midsize class so you can count out any Porsche Taycan rivalry for now. Speculators all over the internet reckon the BMW i4 will start from around $50,000 although there are no official confirmations yet.
The key figures seem pretty impressive for an EV – the BMW i4 is rated with a range of 600km and an output of 530 horsepower. This allows for zero to 100km/h in approximately four seconds and a top speed above 200km/h. Apart from the cold numbers, the big deal is beneath the floor in the shape of next-generation slim-line batteries – the battery pack weighs 550kg which is supposed to be a bit of a triumph in the evolution of this propulsion technology.
By now you’ve also probably noticed the styling is crisp and taut, dominated by a massive kidney grille up front that’s pretty much entirely blanked off, i.e., useless. Instead of venting air though, BMW has repurposed this huge mug into an “intelligence panel” which is a ridiculous marketing term for a bunch of sensors.
The interior seems nice however, since it’s airy and freed up of the usual stuff like transmission and prop shaft tunnels. The curved display has been cribbed off Mercedes, and there is a load of crystal glass and bronze details.
Additionally the Germans claim the BMW i4 sounds quite nice, because it’s had some help from renowned composer Hans Zimmer, whom you may know from Hollywood blockbusters such as The Lion King, Kung Fu Panda, and the latest James Bond flick, No Time To Die. With the i4 BMW engineers say they tried to “emotionalise” electric vehicles with these synthesised sounds, but we have no idea how it works yet until we experience it in real life.