BMW on Wednesday gave the public a first un-camouflaged look at its i4 electric car during an annual conference. The i4 starts production later this year, but likely won’t reach the United States until next year, as a 2022 model.
The exterior largely echoes the(itself a follow-up to 2017’s ) unveiled last year. As expected, the i4 is similar in size and shape to the gasoline BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, meaning it’s a four-door sedan with a low, coupe-like roofline. That means the i4 will also be a close match to the Tesla Model 3 in size.
BMW also confirmed that the i4 will be offered in multiple specs, with the range-topping version boasting 523 horsepower, an estimated 300-mile range, and 0-62 mph in around 4.0 seconds. That model will have dual-motor all-wheel drive, but lower-priced versions with a single motor and rear-wheel drive seem likely. Driving range is just a preliminary estimate as of yet, with an anticipated EPA range of up to 300 miles.
2022 BMW i4
An M Performance version will join the lineup sometime after launch, BMW said. The automaker uses that nomenclature for models that are sportier than its standard fare, but still a step below its full-fat M models. Reports have indicated BMW is considering, however. BMW has also said that even the standard i4 , which may help it in comparisons with the Model 3.
BMW did not show any interior photos, but we know the i4 will get the automaker’s latest, including a massive dashboard display, and a digital key system that allows drivers to use an Apple iPhone in place of a key fob. An integrated feature will also help with finding charging stations.
Globally, BMW plans to have, with the majority of those all-electric. BMW decided not to bring the to the U.S., but both the i4 and the larger electric crossover are expected to arrive here by the end of 2022.