Thursday, May 13, 2021

BMW Gives First Look at Its i4 Series Electric Sedan

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Aclose to showing a concept last year, BMW has unveiled the final version of the i4. Set to enter the market this year, the sedan will essentially be an electric version of the 3 Series with similar styling and dimensions. BMW has also announced that it will launch an M Performance version of the i4, also scheduled for 2021.

The i4 looks a lot like a 2021 BMW 3 Series model, although with slightly cleaner lines, splashes of blue color to indicate its electric nature, and a much larger (some might say too much large) front grille. The company also differentiated the i4 from the 3 Series with different (better, I think) headlight and taillight designs. Overall, it’s a more harmonious design, other than that weirdly oversized grille.

Gallery: BMW presents its i4 series electric sedan for the first time | 5 photos

BMW did not show the interior of the car and only shared some of the specs. As with other recent electric vehicles like Hyundai, the i4 will be available in various configurations with up to 530 horsepower (390 kW) from a single engine. This should kick it up to 0-60 MPH in about four seconds – not Model S Plaid territory, but still very respectable. (The M Performance version could be faster, but BMW hasn’t revealed any details about this model.) The i4 is supposed to have up to an 80 kWh battery, which should provide a range of around 300 miles.

We also learned earlier this week that the i4 will use a new version from BMW. I drive AI-based software, personal assistant and infotainment platform. This will include BMW’s new 12.3-inch curved display, personalized ride modes and infotainment settings, improved navigation ETAs, and even a system that can predict your air conditioning needs.

BMW has also released more details of its electrification plans, which are modest compared to automakers like GM and Volvo. It plans to sell at least one electric vehicle in 90% of its markets by 2023 and deliver 2 million electric vehicles by the end of 2025. By 2030, BMW expects half of its new vehicles are fully electric.

As it stands, BMW still has few fully electric cars, including the i3, a model we have seen for the first time. back in 2011. Much like Honda, BMW was once ahead in the development of electric cars, but has long squandered that lead. The i4 will be a great way for it to get back on track, given the promising specs and popularity of the similar 3 Series. However, its success will depend on the price – we hope we find out soon.

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