The all-new 2022 BMW i4 has just been unveiled at the BMW Group Annual Conference. Essentially a fully-electric version of the upcoming BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, the i4 also serves as a preview of what the “four-door coupe” version of 4 Series will look like.
Starting with its design, it seems the large kidney grilles are here to stay. It’s the electric sports sedan’s most defining characteristic. Like in the recently-unveiled BMW iX, the i4’s grille is also where the numerous sensors for the semi-autonomous driving features are housed. Other than that, the headlights and the first half of the vehicle are similar to that of the 4 Series coupe. The latter half of the vehicle gains two additional doors, all of which are frameless of course in typical BMW Gran Coupe fashion. The roofline then slopes aggressively downward to finish off that coupe-like profile.
Because today’s event is mostly a preview, the German luxury automaker has not yet unveiled what the interior will look like. We won’t be surprised if it shares a lot in common with the standard 4 Series models, though one feature that will be unique to the BMW i4 will be the new iDrive 8 infotainment system that debuted in the iX electric SUV. The interface is completely new and it can be controlled through voice, the touch screen, or the signature rotary knob controller that iDrive has always been known for.
The BMW i4’s powertrain details have not yet been fully revealed yet, though BMW says it should produce 530 hp driving the rear wheels. This is a lot of power considering that the BMW M3 and M4 produce 473 hp or 503 hp for the Competition variants. BMW also said that there will be an M Performance version, though the company did not indicate if the 530 hp figure is for the aforementioned performance model.
Arguably more important to electric car buyers is the range, which is at 590 kilometers under the WLTP testing cycle or in the case of the US EPA, a full charge is enough for 300 miles of range.
BMW says that more details about the i4 will be revealed in the coming weeks so stay tuned to Go Flat Out PH to know more about their latest electric “four-door coupe”.
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