The all-new BMW i4 will be based on the i Vision Dynamics Concept; to be manufactured at the brand’s base in Munich, Germany
BMW took centre stage at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and announced that a brand new electric car, in the established ‘i’ series, is in the making. It is expected to be positioned between the smaller i3 and range-topping i8. Rightly dubbed the i4, we already had the model’s first look at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The highly-anticipated BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept superseded expectations of many and its production i4 will be manufactured at the brand’s base in Munich, Germany.
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The BMW i4 will play a significant role in the sales aspiration of the company by the middle of next decade as 25 new electric vehicles are planned based on a flexible EV architecture. BMW declined to comment further on the specifications of the i4 but the design study it is based on gave us indications of what is brewing under the curtain.
The i Vision Dynamics is claimed to accelerate from zero to 100 kmph in under four seconds and achieve a top speed of above 200 kmph. Despite its electric powertrain and other mechanical components remained a mystery, BMW said it has a range of approximately 600 km on a single charge – exceeding Tesla Model S.
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However, at BMW’s annual financial results conference, chief executive Harald Kruger said the iNext set for 2021, and i4 will have between 550 and 700 km. In a similar fashion to the X7 iPerformance Concept, the i Vision Dynamics was fitted with a large kidney grille, sharp LED headlamps, front bumper without any cooling ducts for front brakes, slim LED tail lamps not-so-fancy rear bumper design, etc.
We can expect many of the design cues to be carried on to the production i4 and it will be rolled out along with 11 other zero-emission vehicles including the iX3 and electric Mini. It was said at Geneva that since 1995 the average carbon dioxide emission of new BMW Group vehicles retailed in Europe has reduced by over 42 percent. It was further dropped by 2 g/km to 122 g/km in 2017. The production i4 will likely be launched in international markets by the end of this decade.