BMW is no stranger to electrified models. The BMW concept i4 2021 sedan seeks to further bolster the brand’s electric vehicle portfolio. Based on Bimmer’s most famous model, the Series 3, the upcoming i4 is a low-drop four-door that is expected to compete with rivals such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Audi e-tron GT. Although full details are still forthcoming, we know that the BMW EV will have a 530 hp electric motor and an 80.0 kWh battery. BMW claims that the i4 will contain a driving range of 372 miles, as well as a full complement of high-tech gear when it goes on sale sometime in 2021.
The BMW i4 2021 is a new electric sedan expected to compete against the Tesla Model 3 and other midsize EV sedans when it finally hits showrooms in 2021. Although we’ve seen a concept car, spy photos, and more recently , a camouflaged prototype playing in the snow, we are still waiting for more complete and concrete details.
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Interior, Comfort and Cargo
The i4 Concept’s cabin is richly decorated and features rose gold trim, white leather trim, and light wood trim. We know the car will share its fundamentals with the company’s 3-series sedan, so the interior will likely be just as spacious. The i4’s roofline is more dramatic than the 3, however, offering a four-door-coupe body style and what appears to be a large tailgate that opens to reveal a large cargo area like BMW’s. Series 4 Gran Coupe.
Infotainment and connectivity
If the i4 Concept cockpit is anything to go by, we look forward to the latest and greatest in-cab technology on the next i4, including a large touchscreen infotainment system with gesture-powered controls and a fully digital caliber cluster. Every current BMW offers Apple CarPlay capability, a Wi-Fi hotspot, cordless phone charging, and various audio system upgrades, so you can bet the i4 will inherit these features, too.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The 2021 BMW Concept i4 will feed electrons to an electric motor that is expected to have 530 horsepower. BMW has said that the capacity of the sedan’s battery pack will be approximately 80.0 kWh. Similarly, the company says the all-electric four-door will accelerate from zero to 62 mph in four flat seconds. We think that’s conservative, as we tested a Model 3 that squirmed at 60 mph in 3.5 ticks despite having nearly 80 fewer ponies. We also expect the i4 to offer four-wheel and rear-wheel drive, which will ultimately produce different times from zero to 60 mph.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
The EPA has yet to release estimates for the i4’s fuel economy or driving range, so all we have to follow is BMW’s claim of 372 miles per charge. Once we get an i4 to our office for testing, we’ll put it through our 200-mile highway fuel economy route to determine its real-world driving range.
Range, charge and battery life
BMW says the i4 will have the ability to travel up to 372 miles on a full battery. However, that estimate is based on the European test cycle which is much more generous than the EPA range cycle we use here in the United States. Along with a battery that measures around 80.0 kWh, the i4 will have a charging capacity of 150 kilowatts that can provide up to 80 percent of the car’s driving range in just 35 minutes.
Driver Assistance and Safety Features
The BMW Concept i4 2021 has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). While we hope it offers the latest driver assistance technology, and perhaps even semi-autonomous driving modes, we won’t know the specific equipment until closer to its official sale date.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
BMW currently offers a competitive warranty that includes one of the best supplemental maintenance periods. Since the i4 is an electric vehicle, its battery components will also be covered, likely for eight years or 100,000 miles.
Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
Hybrid components covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles
Free maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles