The Tesla Model 3 competitor from BMW was named i4March 7, 2018
Bavarians will establish the release of electric power in 2020. They promise a range of 600-700 kilometers.
Concern BMW announced the name for the new electric sedan, which will be built on the platform 3 Series and 4 Series GT. It will get the index i4. The novelty will compete with Tesla Model 3. This was announced by the company’s president Harald Kruger during a press conference at the Geneva Motor Show.
Thus, we are expected to expand the range of the sub-brand BMW i. A new sedan with an electric installation will stand in a hierarchy just above the BMW i3. In the development of an electric vehicle, engineers will rely on last year’s BMW i Vision Dynamics concept. However, the exterior design can be revised.
The new model will be driven by an electric power plant of the fifth generation. It is already being tested on the prototypes of the crossover BMW iX3. It includes one electric motor, located on the front axle. However, the transmission of the electric vehicle can also be all-wheel drive. In this case, the thrust will be transmitted to the rear wheels via an electric propeller shaft. Also, engineers are considering an alternative – a two-engine arrangement, one electric motor on each axis. However, it is more expensive and will fit more iX3 than a sedan.
It is expected that the BMW i4 will be comparable in power to the 335d GT version. Therefore, you can expect the performance from the electrical installation at 350 horsepower.
Production of the BMW i4 will be set up at the Leipzig plant, where they already produce i3 and i8 models, as well as 3 Series and 4 Series. Like Daimler, the Bavarians decided to adapt their production sites for production, both cars with ICE and electric cars.
The release of the BMW i4 on the market is scheduled for 2020. A little later, in 2021, we should expect the release of a larger i5 model. In the future, we expect electrical updates with indices from i1 to i9 and from iX1 to iX9, which were filed earlier in the patent applications of BMW.