BMW’s Electric 4-Series GT To Do Battle With Tesla Model 3

The German establishment is preparing to come after the Tesla Model 3 and shortly after we heard word about an impending Audi rival, a report has surfaced indicating BMW is coming to steal the Model 3’s thunder.

Autocar reports that the automaker is currently preparing a 4-Series GT using the same underpinnings as the upcoming eighth-generation 3-Series. To ensure it can take the fight to Tesla’s entry-level sedan, BMW intends on making it as fast as the current 335d GT while also ensuring a range of up to 311 miles (500 km), significantly more than the Model 3.

BMW is thought to be considering two different options to power the all-electric 4-Series. The first would see the fitment of a front-mounted electric motor working with an electric propeller shaft and a fixed-ratio gearbox sending power to the rear wheels.

Alternatively, there’s a chance the car could use both front-mounted and rear-mounted electric motors to offer a choice between front and all-wheel drive modes. If BMW is serious about achieving a 300+ mile range, battery capacity will inevitably be around 90 kWh, unless advances in battery technology allow that figure to drop.

When the new 4-Series GT lands in 2019, it will also be available in petrol and plug-in hybrid guises.

Note: current 4-Series Gran Coupe pictured

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  • Dennis James

    The one in the pictures is the better looking 4-series Gran Coupe, not the 3-series GT which is much uglier.

  • Craig

    Tesla better not blink. When the Germans declare war – they stop at nothing.

    • BGM

      Don’t worry bud, Tesla has nothing to worry about. After all, they’re the most valuable car company in the world with Elon *Tony Stark* Musk at the helm. BMW is as good as dead.

      • Nedlands

        America is not the world

    • xman

      @Craig When Germany “declares war” history has shown that got their azzes kicked by America and its allies.

  • TheBelltower

    Building a good EV is obviously important. But none of the carmakers, except for Tesla, is considering the charging network. Tesla has that pretty much covered, and has shopping areas and town centers begging them to install superchargers in their locations. Their direct-to-consumer sales network will ensure that the pricing, coaching, service and other support is consistent. These are the things that will continue to set Tesla apart and keep the brand premium.

    • Christian Speidel

      Charging infrastructure is indeed important and Tesla showed how it is done. However BMW, VW, Daimler and Ford are currently building a European CCS network with higher charging speeds. In the US, VW has to build one as punishment. Both will surpass the proprietary Tesla network eventually. Tesla will not stand still but are increasingly at a disadvantage because of a “betamax” approach.

      • JuJoo

        You forget that Elon is already on that same committee to standardize EV charging infrastructure to CCS 2.0. Even if the other automakers have that CCS network, Tesla vehicles will have access to that, plus the Supercharger network. This will still boost Tesla above the others.

  • CMCNestT .

    311 miles is European NEDC which is about 240 miles EPA. I guarantee you BMW will not have more range than Tesla Model 3 for the same price in the same year. Tesla may have a little less range for the 2017 model year but not by 2019. Das Wehrmacht is already fcuked.

  • GobbleUp

    No possible way. BMW is very far behind. LOL, poor designs and bloated cars.

  • rafal

    I see only one major problem – how are they going to design one chassis that will work equally well for the EV and ICE car? Tesla has an advantage of building a chassis tailored for batteries and electric motor. BMW probably has much more cash for R&D, though. Can’t wait to see it.

    • Dennis James

      You mistakenly assume that electric and ICE chassis should be different. Consider the fact that a car needs 4 wheels, occupant space, luggage space and a common shape. There is not much to tailor to one architecture or another after that. BMW will do just fine.

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