Make Way for the i4 - the Fifth Electric Vehicle in BMW’s Stable
The i4 will fill the vacuum between the "too small" and "too big" in the Bavarian’s EV lineupby Sidd Dhimaan, on
BMW is adding yet another all-electric car to its portfolio – the i4. BMW Chairman Harald Krüger has announced at the ongoing Paris Motor Show that the i4 will be launched in 2021. The i4 becomes the fifth vehicle in the lineup, which already includes the BMW i3, 2019 MINI Electric, 2020 iX3, and the iNext.
What They Had To Say
BMW is already on a good "buzz," as the German automaker has already sold 100,000 EVs this year.
Although Mr. Chairman didn’t reveal much, he did say "It is my pleasure to announce that the BMW i4 will also be arriving in 2021," adding, "That means, in 2021 we will have five, fully-electric core models. This underlines our strong commitment to future mobility."
Krüger also confirmed to Autocar that the i4’s USP will be utilizing lightweight construction to make it more attractive in a market of electric vehicles that suffer from carrying the baggage of heavy batteries, which result in loss of handling. He added that the i4 will be one of a dozen EVs sold by the automaker in 2025, alongside as many as 25 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles sold by BMW.
"The leading factors that will set it apart are fantastic design, which is very different to anything else on the road and the fact that it is lighter and therefore more dynamic than anything we see on the market today, thanks to the materials we will use," Krüger told Autocar. "Couple that with the connectivity technology we are constantly developing and we are confident it will lead the market."
We’ve Sort Of Seen This Car In The Past
While BMW didn’t say much about the i4, the model was previewed by the i Vision Dynamic Concept, which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.
The concept had an electric powertrain that allowed it to sprint from standstill to 62 mph in four seconds and hit speeds north of 120 mph. The concept had a range of up to 373 miles on a single charge.
A Potential Replacement, Or A Supporting Brother?
Since we are speculating the possibility of the i4 replacing the i3, which is definitely long in the tooth, let’s compare the two. The new BMW i3 120 Ah has a 42.2 kWh battery and an electric motor that produces 167 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque. This enables the i3 120 Ah to hit 62 mph in 7.3 seconds before topping out at 93 mph. Since the increased battery capacity has increased, the i3 120 Ah can travel approximately 223 miles on a single charge in the NEDC test.
We should expect this model to be kick-ass since BMW is on a roll with EVs.
There are over 300,000 BMW EVs plying the road today. As there were no other details revealed, we don’t even know how much range this upcoming car could provide. BMW’s e-mobility roadmap revealed that the automaker’s next 5 electric vehicles will be offered with modular battery packs that have capacities of 60 kWh, 90 kWh and 120 kWh. So, expect the i4 to come in these battery pack capacities. What are your thoughts on this big announcement? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Read our full review on the 2020 BMW i4.
Read our full review on the 2018 BMW i3.
Read our full review on the 2017 BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept.
Read our full review on the 2019 BMW i3 120AH.