BMW i4: Pre-production EV revealed

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Author: | Updated: 24 Mar 2021 10:54

A pre-production version of the BMW i4 fastback has been revealed. With more than 500hp, 300 miles of range and cutting-edge tech, it's set to be available later in the year.

Here's everything we know so far.

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BMW i4 styling

We've known that an all-electric saloon called the i4 has been in the works for a while, with various concepts dating back to 2019 giving us an idea of what the i4 will look like.

In the flesh, however, it's very similar to the current 4 Series from a lot of angles – certainly a less radical design than BMW's other new EV, the iX.

Up front you'll find the trademark kidney grille is a prominent feature, taking up much of the front bumper. The headlights are very similar to the 4 Series, with a series of angular fake air intakes giving the car a sharp look at the front.

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Down the side, you'll find some unique alloy wheels and blue accents, highlighting the fact that this is in fact an electric vehicle (we've seen these already on the iX3 and iX).

Dimensionally, it is larger than the 4 Series though, although the low roofline that extends right to the back of the car still ensures it resembles the combustion-powered model.

While it might look like a similar design, the i4 is unique in its ability to cut through the air. A number of external tweaks and trim pieces allow it to cut through the air and make it much more aerodynamic than an ordinary 4 Series.

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BMW i4 interior and tech

We’ve not seen an interior pic yet, but it’s likely it’ll get a similar design to the one used in the new iX. The driver's view and central dashboard will be dominated by a huge wraparound screen.

Underneath you'll find a thin row of air vents, while all but a few key controls have been done away with.

The infotainment system will be BMW's latest iDrive version, which can be controlled by the central touchscreen or the large rotary dial in the centre console.

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BMW i4 drivetrains

the i4 will be launched featuring a rear-wheel drive platform powered by a single motor. It'll be available with around 530hp - that puts it on par with BMW's potent M4 Coupe and will give it a sub-four-second 0-62mph time.

If it's anything like the original concept, the battery will be a 80kWh unit, allowing for up to 300 miles of range. Like most of the latest EVs, it'll support rapid charging of up to 150kW - that should result in a full charge in around half an hour.

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BMW i4 release date

Price and exact specs are to be confirmed, but expect the i4 to get a list price of around £55,000 when it launches.

We'll bring you further details as and when they are revealed.

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