BMW i4 Getting Ready To Battle Tesla Model 3 And Polestar 2

BMW’s upcoming all-electric i4 can’t get here soon enough now that the Tesla Model 3 is no longer an only child in its segment – the Polestar 2 very recently changed that status quo.

The more we see this car, even fully camouflaged, the more we realize that we’re still many years away from actually seeing a near-copy of the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept on the road, a car we thought would eventually become the i4. That’s clearly not the case right now.

It’s more 4-Series Gran Coupe than i Vision Dynamics

Visually, the new i4 has a similar shape to the 4-Series GC, including a hatchback rear-end design for improved practicality, and regular width fender panels, as opposed to the previously-mentioned concept‘s wide fenders.

We don’t actually expect the 2021 i4 to look exactly like a 2019 4-Series Gran Coupe for obvious reasons: BMW has already moved on to a new design language for its latest models, which means different profile lines, different headlights, taillights and so on. This means we could also see some details from the i Vision Dynamics Concept make their way onto the i4, such as the vertical kidney grille design or the swept back headlights – the automaker did previously say that the i4 will draw inspiration from said concept.

What about performance?

The i4 will ride on BMW’s CLAR architecture and according to some reports, it will stand as the fully-electric version of Bavaria’s upcoming 4-Series range, which would explain the familiar styling.

Customers will be able to choose between rear- and all-wheel drive models, with the base version using a front-mounted electric motor powering the rear wheels. Meanwhile, the range-topping model should use two electric motors, powering both axles. As for power and range, we know that BMW’s target is for the i4 to travel up to 435 miles (700 km) between charges, while offering class-leading 0-100 km/h (62 mph) times.

According to BMW chairman Harald Kruger, the BMW i4 will make its global debut in 2021.

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  • PhilMcGraw

    2021 is the targeted release? That’s going to be rough considering the competition will be in full swing by then. I doubt that it will be competitive enough to really draw in sales.

    • dtd

      Yes, that’s too long. Tesla Model 3 may have some upgrade by then.

      • Arthur Burnside

        The Model 3 will not be the predominent EV at that point – it will get hammered price-wise by everyone in the U.S., its major market. The Superchrger network (which is tiny) by then will have transitioned to CCS and become just another CCS network.

        • ciscom13

          You wish.

        • stockinbug

          It will be pretty hard for any of Tesla’s competitors to beat it when they are all production-limited. Model 3 sells in the hundreds of thousands per year.

          Sales of the Kia and Hyundai cars are limited to just a few states. The Volvo Polestar 2 is production limited to 50,000 cars. Manufacturers limit sales like this with unprofitable cars. They have to limit their losses.

          So none of these cars will catch Tesla Model 3, because their makers don’t even WANT to compete.

          At $35k, Model 3 is barely profitable. Tesla knows that no other carmaker can make a comparable electric car at that price that turns ANY profit. So Tesla has set themselves up to dominate this part of the market with no effective competition.

    • Arthur Burnside

      There is no reason to assume that competitors will outclass the I4 – any advances in range,speed, will also occur for the I4.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    I think this is the 4 Gran Coupe, but that’s just my opinion.
    The i4 should look very different than this, or should be a 4GC but fully electric.

    • Brian

      The i4 will be a gran coupe like a 4GC. However, it is unclear if the i4 will it be based on the i Vision Dynamics or just be a electric 4GC like the iX3. CEO Harald Kruger announced at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show that the iVD would become the i4. However after just 6 months 2018 Paris Motor Show, other senior BMW officials hinted that the i4 will be treated as a variant of the forthcoming 4GC and feature a more conventional look than the i3 and i8.

      I dont expect the i4 to be based on the iVD, but will feature elements fromt the concept. This prototype is a electric 4GC, but the i4 is supported to be exactly that but with design elements from the iVD. Instead of making a prototype of i4 with iVD design, they put the battery in a 4GC mule to test it. The i4 and iNext are intended to be released in 2021, and both are being tested at the same time in prototype forms, however, the design of the iNext mule is more similar to its concept. I dont know which direction BMW will go with the i4 but it is looking like it will be a electric 4GC. The current prototype form look great, but i was really looking to the futuristic design of the iVD.

  • Cool guy

    looks more like a 3 GT, which is, wait for it…..TURD!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ofentse Letsholo

    The design looks boring and average, I wish it had similar design to the concept. This just looks like any other BMW unfortunately.😢😩😢😭💔

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