BMW has released the first images and details of its i4 electric saloon as part of its electric push.
Powered by an 80kWh battery, BMW said the model has a range of 372 miles and is to be built from 2021 onwards in the same factory as the firm’s 3-series model. The motors generate 523hp and said the output has been chosen to mimic the performance of V8 engines in current models.
BMW said the i4 “combines the characteristic proportions of a 4-door coupé with the typical design features of a BMW i model” with stretched lines and a precise surface design with aerodynamically optimised exterior features as well as sustainability accentuations that are specific to i models.
BMW added the i4 will be fitted with a next generation charging unit which has been packaged for all future vehicle architectures. It can be used in plug-in hybrid models as well as in purely electrically powered vehicles and is designed for a charging capacity of up to 150 kW and allows the BMW i4 to be charged to around 80% of its full energy content in around 35 minutes. This results in a charging time of around six minutes for a range of 62 miles.
Prices and specification details have not yet been confirmed, but BMW said the new model will sit alongside other new i-branded vehicles in its range, including iX3, due in 2020 and the iNext, also due in 2021.