BMW has confirmed that it will produce an i4 in 2021 to sit above the i3 hatchback in its growing 'i' range of electric cars. The Tesla Model 3 rival will have a range of up to 435 miles (700km), and will "redefine what is possible today for 0-60mph times", according to BMW chairman Harald Krüger.
"The leading factors that will set it apart are fantastic design, which is very different to anything else on the road and the fact that it is lighter and therefore more dynamic than anything we see on the market today, thanks to the materials we will use. Couple that with the connectivity technology we are constantly developing and we are confident it will lead the market," said Krüger.
It will be one of five pure electric cars the firm has committed to make by 2021 - i3, Mini EV, iX3 (2020) and i4 (2021), plus more than ten PHEVs. He described the i4 as a 4 Series Gran Coupe style car. By 2025 he says they'll have more than 25 PHEVs on sale and 12 pure EVs - "you can see that in 2022-2025 there will be a quick ramp up that we think will reflect the market and which is anyway a necessity to hit the emissions targets we are being set."
Previously, during the company's press conference at the Geneva motor show, Krüger said the model, which is expected to arrive close to the upcoming iX3 electric SUV in the early part of the next decade, will be built in Munich.
As scooped by Autocar last year, the i4 will be based on the 4 Series GT's structure to enable it to have more space and sportier driving dynamics than the i3.