The BMW i4 is an all-electric four-door fastback styled sedan under development by German automobile manufacturer BMW, marketed as a four-door coupé with sales commencing in 2021. It was first unveiled as a concept car named i Vision Dynamics at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The i4 is the fifth BMW i sub-brand model, and one of BMW's 25 electrified models by 2023.[2]

BMW i4
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BMW Concept i4
Overview
ManufacturerBMW
Also calledBMW i Vision Dynamics
Production2021 (planned)
AssemblyGermany: Munich
DesignerLim Seung-mo (i Vision Dynamics)[1]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact executive car (D)
Body style4-door fastback sedan
Layout
PlatformCluster Architecture (CLAR)
Powertrain
Electric motorFront and rear motor combined output, 3-phase synchronous motor
TransmissionSingle-speed with fixed ratio
Battery80 kWh lithium-ion
Electric range600 km (373 miles) WLTP
Plug-in charging
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,993 mm (117.8 in)
Length4,804 mm (189.1 in)
Width1,933 mm (76.1 in)
Height1,387 mm (54.6 in)

Development and launchEdit

The initial i Vision Dynamics concept debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show,[3] and was built on the flexible CLAR platform rather than a carbon-fibre structure as with the contemporary i3 and i8 electric models.[4] The production version was announced at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show as the BMW i4.[5] At the 2018 Paris Motor Show, BMW confirmed the i4 would utilize lightweight construction to make the model attractive in an electric market weighed down by bulky batteries that reduce on-road handling.[6] A second concept, designed as 85% production ready, was unveiled in March 2020.[7]

 
The i Vision Dynamics concept of 2017 gave a hint at BMW's intention to make a mid-sized electric sedan.

An investment of about €200 million in the Munich plant was made in preparation for the 2021 series production as it is built on the same assembly line as cars with combustion engines and plug-in hybrids.[8] While 90% of the existing production equipment in the body shop were incorporated into the production process of the i4,[9] several new systems were required mainly for the floor assembly and rear structure as the electric drive and high-voltage battery are different from conventional architectures.[10] The plant was closed for six weeks to convert more than 1000 robots in the body shop and assembly area to prepare it for the assembly of the i4. The electric motor is assembled in Dingolfing.[11]

SpecificationsEdit

The production model is based on the modular CLAR platform to keep costs low and volume-production attainable,[12] and it is described as a battery-powered G20 3 Series.[13][14]

The electric drive component of the BMW i4, its charging unit and high-voltage battery are all developed in-house by the BMW Group. A notable technical feature of the i4's powertrain concerns its packaging. The electric motor, transmission and power electronics are all contained in a single component, which allows for a higher efficiency of energy conversion.[15]

The fifth-generation eDrive system supports up to 150 kW DC fast charging. The 80 kWh battery pack, which weighs roughly 550 kg (1,213 lb), can be charged to 80 percent in 35 minutes or six minutes for a range of 100 km (62 mi).[16] The design of the high-voltage battery is characterized by its extremely flat design and optimized energy density.[17]

EquipmentEdit

All models feature the new BMW Curved Display that combines the 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 14.9-inch infotainment system with a redesigned touch interface within a single unit. The system includes an updated "Hey BMW" voice-controlled assistant and the iDrive controller is also retained on the centre console.[12] The driving sounds are co-developed with Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer.[18]

ModelsEdit

The model planned to be introduced at launch is the i440 with a single-motor, rear-wheel-drive layout. Additional power and range models will be available.[19] The M-branded i4 M50 with a dual-motor xDrive all-wheel system will be the first battery-electric vehicle by BMW's motorsport division.[20] The base model i435 will arrive at a later date.[21]

Specifications[19][22][21]
Model i435 i440 i4 M50 xDrive
Powertrain Rear-motor rear-wheel drive Dual-motor all-wheel drive
Base price (German market) €TBA €TBA €TBA
Availability Early 2022 Late 2021
Battery capacity (useable) 60 kWh (TBA) 80 kWh (TBA)
Range TBA 270 mi (435 km) EPA
373 mi (600 km)WLTP
TBA
Motor 3-phase synchronous electric motor 3-phase synchronous electric motor front and rear
Power (peak) 200 kW (272 PS; 268 hp)[23] 390 kW (530 PS; 523 hp) TBA
Torque (peak) TBA TBA TBA
Acceleration
0–100 km/h (62 mph)
TBA 4.0 seconds TBA
Top Speed N/A 200 km/h (124 mph) N/A
DC Fast Charge (DCFC) Speed Up to DC 150 kW via CCS Combo 2
AC On-board Charge Speed 3-phase AC 11 kW via Type 2
Luggage[23] 1,290 L (46 cu ft) max volume with rear seats folded and rear trunk. 470 L (17 cu ft) rear trunk + 38 L (1 cu ft) for charging cables under the rear trunk.

ReferencesEdit

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  17. ^ "BMW plans different sized battery cells to preserve design of future models". Autonews. 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-04-25.
  18. ^ "BMW Concept i4 to go into series production in 2021". www.autodevot.com. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  19. ^ a b "2021 BMW i4 details revealed: 80-kWh battery, 530 hp, 373-mile range". CNET.
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  21. ^ a b "BMW i4 Will Reportedly Have Three Variants, Base Model With Around 280 HP". Carscoops. 2020-12-01. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
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