BMW has released the first official pictures of the i4 electric saloon, along with some intriguing claims for driving range.
The traditional three-box BEV, the first BMW will have made, will be able to drive up to 373 miles between charges, according to tests done to European WLTP standards. That’s around a fifth more driving range than the best of what’s around today or scheduled for the near future, and well into internal combustion car range.
BMW also promises ‘outstanding sportiness,’ which works much better as a phrase if you say it with a German accent. The fifth-generation eDrive technology will, says the company, combine ‘inspiring performance’ and a high level of ride comfort.
What’s more, the new charger (see what we did, there?) will launch from standing to 62mph in just 4.0 seconds on the way to a top speed of ‘over 124mph.’ The car won’t have a gearbox, so its top speed is limited by its single ratio.
It won’t be built until 2021 but BMW has confirmed that it’ll be hammered together at its main Munich factory.
The iX3 has also been confirmed, this time in lighter camouflage. It’s due to arrive in 2020 using the existing X3 shell, but featuring BMW’s fifth-gen electric drive for the first time on the open market. Driving range will be around 250 miles at best, but can use DC 150kW chargers to ‘pump’ electro-juice back in nice and quickly.
The third car on the Arjeplog ice is the iNext, the large SUV derived from the Vision iNext concept. Like the i4 it’ll do up to 373 miles per charge but will also boast level three autonomous driving tech. It will start production at a similar time to the i4, but at BMW’s Dingolfing plant.