Early this year we brought you a story on the BMW i4 Concept that was going to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor show (original story here). Despite the show being cancelled late last week, BMW went ahead with the unveiling of its latest electric car concept this morning. The BMW i4 Concept previews an upcoming battery powered model that will be called the i4, the latest to join BMW’s electric sub-brand, which includes the i3 and i8. The latest addition to the BMW i portfolio will go into production in 2021
The BMW i4 Concept may have a dramatic appearance, but it’s not that far off from what the production version will look like, including that massive set of kidney grilles up front. Those snazzy headlights and massive alloys will make way for more cost-effective items. However, the blue detailing is likely to remain as that is BMW’s chosen colour for i models.
Under the skin, we find BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive technology. The electric motor developed for the BMW i4 generates maximum power of 390 kW. The latest battery cell technology has high power density and slim construction. It weighs roughly 550 kilograms and has an energy content of around 80 kWh. BMW says that the i4 has a range of up to 600 km. Performance figures are quoted as 0-100 km/h in approximately 4,0 seconds and a top speed in excess of 200 km/h.
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The sounds made by the BMW i4 were developed by world-renowned composer Hans Zimmer together with BMW sound designer Renzo Vitale. BMW says that IconicSounds Electric aims to emotionalise BMW’s electric vehicles and make them audible using individual sound worlds.
The interior appearance may seem quite futuristic but BMW says it is a precursor to future interior treatment. The BMW Curved Display is a new approach for the marque. Three different Experience modes (Core, Sport and Efficient) enable users to explore the various aspects of the electric drive system. The modes change how the user experiences the display and graphics to how the ambient lighting in the dashboard, doors and below the display indicate the technical adjustments taking place.