BMW on Tuesday unveiled the i4 concept car, an all-electric four-door luxury sports car, according tomedia. The car has an estimated EPA range of 270 miles and an output of 530 horsepower — surpassing the high-performance M3 internal combustion vehicle. It is reported that the i4 concept car will be put into production in 2021, the car was originally scheduled to show at the Geneva International Auto Show, but the exhibition was forced to cancel due to the new crown outbreak. In response, BMW chose to post it online.
It is reported that the concept car has a long wheelbase, long slope rear roof and short front suspension, which implies that the production version will use a similar profile.
In addition, a closed grille is used at the front end. BMW says the concept car’s grille has other uses in addition to reminiscent of the internal combustion engine of the past. According to BMW, the interior of the grille will be used to place various sensors.
In addition to this new double-kidney grille, perhaps the car’s most striking shape is the glass roof and the interior of the curved digital display.
While it’s not clear whether the production will integrate these same features, it is to be expected that internal handling will rely more on touch and fewer buttons and knobs.
It is also understood that the i4 will be equipped with the fifth generation BMW eDrive, a platform featuring a new electric engine, power electronics, charging devices and high-voltage batteries. The platform will also feature iNEXT SUVs and iX3s for the Chinese market. BMW says the i4’s 80-kilowatt battery pack is flat and weighs 550 kilograms. To make a comparison here, the Tesla Model 3 weighs 480 kilograms.
The launch of the i4 concept car is based on further electrification announced by BMW earlier. In November, BMW announced that it would spend more than 10 billion euros on batteries from Chinese battery makers Hyundai Ampere and Samsung Electronics. BMW bought 4 billion euros worth of batteries in an initial deal with CATL in 2018. The German carmaker said at the time that the contract was between 2020 and 2031.