BMW has released new images, a new video and fresh detail of its i4 electric saloon ahead of the car's unveiling later this year.
The latest official shots of thinly disguised prototypes were taken as part of the brand’s final phase of dynamic testing of the model, which is closely linked in design to the yet-to-be-revealed 4 Series Gran Coupé.
BMW claims this fine-tuning will ensure “that the spontaneous power delivery of the electric motor is combined with precisely controllable handling in every situation, fascinating cornering dynamic, optimised traction in all weather and road conditions and perfectly balanced ride comfort”.
The i4 will get its own damping system design to reduce “dipping movements of the body” under acceleration or braking. An “actuator-related wheel slip limitation” system aims to boost traction and stability, too.
The new model, due to go into production in the third quarter of this year before a market debut in early 2022, will be the German firm’s first electric saloon. Along with the regular 4 Series, the new EV has been previewed by various concepts and testing prototypes. BMW claims the i4 “heralds a new era of driving pleasure” and will feature the firm’s “hallmark brand driving pleasure in a particularly concentrated form.”
BMW claims the 523bhp motors will allow for a 0-62mph time of around four seconds. The firm says output has been chosen to mirror the power of a V8 engine in current BMW models and claims the set-up will offer “outstanding performance characteristics and exceptionally high efficiency”.
The latest eDrive system is built around a modular system featuring the electric motor, transmission and power electronics in a single housing, which, BMW says, means it can be used for a range of different models and power outputs. The i4 will feature an 80kWh high-voltage battery pack that weighs around 550kg and gives a claimed range of around 373 miles. The battery can be charged at rates of up to 150kW.