BMW unveils all-electric i4

BMW says the i4 is a statement vehicle, “putting all-electric mobility at the very heart of the BMW brand. It combines style, agility and comfort with zero tailpipe emissions and up to 367-mile range”. The company describes t the i4, due for launch in the UK in November 2021,  is its first all-electric premium car aimed at the traditional core of the midsize segment.

Beneath its four-door gran coupé body style, it boasts fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology incorporating the latest power electronics, charging technology and high-voltage battery as well as the highly integrated electric motors which BMW says enable strong performance combined with everyday usability and long-distance capabilities.

The company says the iDrive / Operating System 8 is “key to the user experience on board the BMW i4” and “takes the interaction between driver and vehicle into the digital future”.

The BMW i4 will be available in three different model variants from launch, including the first ever BMW M car with all-electric drive. The BMW i4 M50 is a performance model from BMW M GmbH “delivering extreme driving enjoyment, bringing the classic M formula of agility, dynamism and precision to the world of electric mobility”.

Equipped with electric motors at both the front and rear axle with a combined maximum output of 537 bhp and M-specific chassis technology, BMW says it promises exceptional performance while achieving a range of up to 316 miles in the WLTP test cycle.

In the BMW i4 eDrive40 Sport and BMW i4 eDrive40 M Sport, a 335 bhp electric motor teams up with rear-wheel drive “to enable locally emission-free driving with plenty of sporting flair”. It has a WLTP-calculated range of up to 367 miles.

In the UK, the BMW i4 range will cost from £51,905.

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