BMW has taken the wraps off their latest EV, the Concept i4.
The i4 vehicle is just a few electric vehicles that BMW has in the works including the BMW iNEXT SUV and the iX3 (which is going into production in Europe and China later this year and launch in those markets soon after).
“The BMW Concept i4 brings electrification to the core of the BMW brand,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The design is dynamic, clean and elegant. In short: a perfect BMW that happens to be zero emission.”
The i4’s 80 kWh battery provides a range of up to 600 KM and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds. The max output of the i4 is 390 kW or 530 hp, which is the equivalent to an BMW V8 engine.
BMW says the exterior of the i4, “represents a deliberate counterpoint to the dynamic flair of the driving experience.” The blue accents on the i4 point to BMW’s i series origins.
The front of the i4 has the company’s signature kidney grille design with blue accents.
Inside the i4, the vehicle features a curved display that includes the driver’s display and the infotainment screen. All the vehicle’s functions including climate controls and done through the infotainment screen.
The centre console features a gear lever with a toggle-type shifter and BMW’s iDrive Controller.
BMW ‘s sound designer Renzo Vitale and composer Hans Zimmer worked together to create the brand name BMW IconicSounds Electric to help developer the acoustic flavour for the i4 such as opening the door and starting the car.
Production for the BMW i4 is set to begin in 2021 at the company’s main plant in Munich.