BMW has announced details of its forthcoming i4 – a pure-electric four-door coupe due in 2021. It will feature the company’s next generation electric powertrain, enabling a range of around 370 miles on a charge.
The fifth-generation systems are set to debut on next year’s iX3, and will then appear on the i4. BMW is pitching its next pure-electric models at the core range – the 3/4 Series for the i4, and the SUV equivalent in the iX3.
Power from the electric motors in the i4 comes in at 390 kW (530 hp) which is equivalent to the current V8 available in the similar ranges. As such, performance will be more than brisk, with the 0-62mph time completed in around 4.0 seconds.
The battery is roughly 80 kWh in capacity, promising an efficient set-up considering the Ford Mustang Mach-E launched recently achieves a similar range but from almost 100 kWh. Ultra-rapid charging will be possible at 150 kW, allowing a top-up to 80% in a bit over half an hour.
All figures are approximates so far, as more precise technical specifications are yet to be confirmed. In terms of rivals, the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2 will be the closest of those models currently known about, both in terms of driving range and likely price.