BMW confirmed it will build an i4 four-door coupe by 2020 to take on Tesla‘s Model 3, though with a much greater range topping out at between 550 km and 700 km per charge, depending on trim.
The brand’s fifth-gen eDrive line – which will likely power BMW’s first fully electric SUV, the iX3, also due out 2020 – will boast similar numbers, BMW CEO Harald Kruger told Auto Express. The company wants to launch 12 other new EVs by 2025.
The i4 will be directly based on the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept from last September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, and while it will almost certainly change details of its appearance, the overall proportions and autopilot-sensor-laden fake kidney grille are expected to make it to market.
The platform the i4 will ride on will be all-new and will be shared by several gas, diesel, hybrid and electric vehicles; the i4 specifically will use lithium-ion batteries. Its electric motors will be good for zero-to-100 km/h rips in 4.0 seconds and top speeds of 193 km/h.
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The BMW i Vision Dynamics electric concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Meanwhile, the i4 may be beaten to market by BMW’s iX3 electric crossover SUV, due out in concept form in April at the Beijing Motor Show. Details regarding that truck were scarce, but are certain to be revealed in more depth next month.