BMW i4 EV unveiled in production-ready form

BMW i4 EV unveiled in production-ready form

The new i4 will arrive in showrooms before the end of the year with its 366-mile range

BMW has unveiled the official pictures of its new electric i4 – the third EV in its growing line-up. 

After being heavily teased for some time, the i4 has finally been shown in production form today at the BMW Group’s Annual Conference. 

Though full details on the new EV have yet to be announced, the i4 shares plenty of cues with the Concept i4 – a previewing teaser model shown around this time last year. Highlights include a striking new front end, incorporating the same large grille as the latest 4 Series, though here it’s blanked off. There’s intricate LED headlights, while the model gets a range of blue accents throughout, this being the recognised colour of BMW’s electric ‘i’ division.

Essentially an electric version of the upcoming 4 Series Gran Coupe, the i4 is a striking four-door coupe model, though it comes with a more practical hatchback-like opening boot, rather than that of a saloon. 

Though BMW has yet to confirm what powertrains will be used, the firm has said the i4 will be “available in different versions”, with top models having a Tesla-rivalling electric range of up to 366 miles. There will also be an ‘M Performance’ model, which is set to be the firm’s first ‘M’-badged EV. This will boast up to an impressive 533bhp, which is set to allow for a 0-60mph time of just four seconds. 

Pieter Nota, member of the board of management of BMW AG, responsible for customer, brands, sales, said: “With its sporty looks, best in class driving dynamics and zero local emissions, the BMW i4 is a true BMW. It makes the heart of the BMW brand now beat fully electric.”

The i4 will join the funky i3 hatchback and iX3 SUV in BMW’s electric range, and will be followed by the iX in 2022 as the brand’s electric flagship. 

Elsewhere in BMW’s Annual Conference, the German manufacturer announced it would have an electric model available in 90 per cent of market segments by 2023, with plans for 50 per cent of global sales to be electric by 2030. The firm has also previously confirmed electric versions of the 4 Series and X1 will also arrive within the next few years.

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