According tomedia reports, BMW’s all-electric 4-series BMW i4 will be one step ahead of the Tesla Model 3 with more than 500 horsepower output and a 600-pound-foot torque peak. The car, which is expected to launch next year, will mark a marked change in BMW’s strategy for electrification – and reflects its positioning for models such as the new M4.
BMW’s previous electric cars, such as the i3 and i8, are all custom-built platforms, however, the i4 is expected to have the same CLAR architecture as conventional internal combustion version4 models.
This will make car production easier and less costly. The likes of the i3 and the discontinued i8 have been criticized for being overpriced, and their performance and scope are not comparable to those of their direct competitors. Although the carbon fiber frames used in both cars give the car the advantage of being lightweight and efficient, they add considerable research and development and production costs.
Instead, the new i4 will use the same architecture as the new 4 Series. But it will use a very different drivetrain. While a variety of configurations are expected to be available to consumers, it will first introduce the most powerful version, the i4 xDrive.
It is understood that the version will use two electric motors, one in the front in the rear, all-wheel drive. They are expected to have a total power of 523 horsepower and a peak torque of about 600 pounds-feet. The 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is the vehicle’s energy supply. BMW has predicted that bmw’s most efficient i4 model will achieve about 373 miles of range during the WLTP test cycle. Due to differences in the testing process, the range value under the U.S. EPA standard will undoubtedly be smaller.
As for what the car will look like, BMW actually revealed it through the Concept i4 earlier this year. One of the most notable natural is the oversized front grille, which is reported to have expanded across the 4-series.
But more important than the style is BMW’s electric motor. It is reported that the i4 will use the same as BMW iX3 SUV fifth-generation eDrive system.
In addition, it has been revealed that BMW’s first new 4 Series will be available by the end of 2020, when it will first launch a two-door coupe, followed by an open-top version, and finally a four-door luxury sports car. In addition, BMW will introduce a new M4 as well as conventional and M4 Competition models.
The regular 2021 M4 will feature a twin-turbo 3.0L inline six-cylinder engine that is said to deliver 473 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque peaks. It will be equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox and rear drive configuration. At the same time, the M4 Competition’s output power is increased to 503 horsepower and uses an eight-speed automatic gearbox and xDrive AWD.