The BMW i4 is still a couple of years away from production, but that hasn’t stopped the company from releasing new details about the upcoming electric vehicle.
According to the automaker, the i4 will have a “sporty and elegant design, premium quality and the spacious comfort and functionality of a four-door Gran Coupe.”
The model will benefit from fifth-generation eDrive technology and BMW says the car will be equipped with an electric motor that develops a maximum output of around 523 hp (390 kW / 530 PS) reaching the level of a V8 engine in the brand’s current ICE lineup. For reference, today’s M3/M4 has up to 444hp from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six gasoline engine.
This abundance of power will enable the i4 to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in approximately four seconds flat and hit a top speed in excess of 125 mph (200 km/h).
The motor will be powered by an all-new battery that uses the latest cell technology. The company didn’t go into too many specifics, but said the battery weighs around 1,213 lbs (550 kg) and has a capacity of approximately 80 kWh. This means the car will be able to travel about 373 miles (600 km) on a single charge in the WLTP cycle.
Can charge up to 80% in 35 minutes
When it comes time to recharge the car, owners will be happy to know it supports a charging capacity of up to 150 kW. This means the model can be given an 80% charge in around 35 minutes. If you only have time for a quick stop, a six minute charge can deliver around 62 miles (100 km) of range.
The i4 was previewed by the i Vision Dynamics concept and BMW says the production model will have dynamically stretched lines and aerodynamically optimized details that will likely include a fully enclosed grille. The model also promises to have a spacious interior that ideal for both long-distance travel and your typical commute.