BMW is putting the final touches on the upcoming i4, the company’s first fully-electric Gran Coupe model, and the car destined to be compared to the Tesla Model 3.
The development team of the German carmaker is now focused on completing the i4’s driving dynamics testing, ensuring that the power delivery of the electric powertrain is paired with “precisely controllable handling in every situation”, and balanced ride comfort.
“The BMW i4 conveys the feeling of being light and agile yet also solid and authoritative,” said BMW i4’s project manager David Alfredo Ferrufino Camacho. “With its superior directional reliability and high level of cornering stability, it seems to literally attach itself to the road. All electric vehicles are capable of fast straight-line acceleration. But that’s not enough for us at BMW.”
When it will arrive in the market, the BMW i4 will offer a maximum output of up to 523 HP (530 PS) via its fifth-generation eDrive powertrain. The fastest variant of the BMW i4 promises a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in around 4 seconds and will pack an 80 kWh battery pack that’s compatible with a 150kW DC fast charger.
BMW also says that the i4 makes use of a new, model-specific damper technology that reduces the dipping movements of the body during set-off, as well as an “actuator-related wheel slip limitation (ARB)” system developed in-house to ensure optimum traction and perfect straight-line stability, even on a slippery road.
In addition to precise handling, the upcoming 2022 BMW i4 also promises to offer the perfect balance between a sporty driving character and ride comfort. BMW’s engineers are working on reducing body vibrations due to road unevenness and on bends, fine-tuning the suspension and damping to offer a vehicle that’s “largely insusceptible to any disruption caused by road bumps”.
The new BMW i4 is expected to be revealed in the next few months, with a market launch set in early 2022. BMW claims it will offer a driving range of up to 373 miles (600 km), which sounds pretty promising as well.