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BMW used its Annual Conference to introduce the new i4 all-electric sedan. Mind you, this is not your full reveal, but just a visual and technical glimpse at the upcoming EV, with full details slated to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

BMW i4 Partially Unveiled With 300-Mile Range, 500+ HP, 0-62 Time of 4 Seconds Exterior
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The new BMW i4 is expected to make its market debut towards the end of 2021. It will also be followed by an M Performance model, so you can call that exciting news from Munich. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

As things stand right now, the i4 will be available in several (unnamed) versions.

Maximum range goes all the way up to an EPA estimate of 300 miles (483 kilometers), while the most powerful variant will be good for 390 kilowatts (522 horsepower or 530 PS) and a 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint time of around four seconds.
BMW i4 Partially Unveiled With 300-Mile Range, 500+ HP, 0-62 Time of 4 Seconds Exterior
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We already knew that the i4 would get an 80-kWh battery pack and a single electric motor in its quest to poach customers from the likes of Tesla Model S and Audi e-tron GT, to some extent. A two-motor setup is also on the table, especially since it’s hard to believe that BMW won’t offer the i4 with all-wheel drive; perhaps the M Performance version will be the chosen one to get xDrive.

The battery’s charging capacity should be 150 kilowatts. If that’s the case (and if the infrastructure allows it), the i4 could need just 35 minutes or so to have its battery replenished to 80-percent.

BMW i4 Partially Unveiled With 300-Mile Range, 500+ HP, 0-62 Time of 4 Seconds Exterior
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Design-wise, the i4 is obviously getting the new grille design and while the interior has not been revealed at the time of writing, we expect high-quality materials and finishes, along with a minimalistic approach overall.

Technology should be on the rich side, too, as the i4 is in line to get BMW’s new iDrive 8 system that’s been recently unveiled, including the familiar rotary controller, new screens, new menus, and new ways of interacting with the vehicle.

In any case, we’ll know more in the coming weeks so stay tuned as updates start pouring in.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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