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BMW i4 concept - a worthy rival to Tesla

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist March 05, 2020 at 01:38 PM
The concept version of the i4 resembles recently launched 2-Series Gran Coupe, but on the inside, the i4 is nothing like anything we've seen from BMW before. The i4 previews a large, curved display on the dash, which according to BMW is what their upcoming displays might look like.

The Coronavirus has stopped companies and their cars from gathering together at now tabled 2020 Geneva Auto Show. That, however, does not mean that the manufacturers of vehicles are going to give up what they do best, i.e., present to the world what the future holds.

One such car-maker amongst many is BMW, and what they have got coming for us is their i4 concept, expected to be launched in the year 2021.

Now, BMW's cars to emboss the "i" badging have been the torch-bearers of the brand's inclination towards electrifying their lineup. Unlike other Bimmers, though, its "i" cars haven't had a lot of success. Not that they are in any way any less BMW just that the world does not seem to be ready for it, much like they weren't for the COVID-19, but that got to us anyway.

Even BMW was not going to stop until they got everyone talking about what the company is capable of doing. Hence, come 3rd March, and BMW unveiled their Concept i4 at the virtual 2020 Geneva Motor Show, and boy, are we impressed .

Not so much by the grille, maybe, but this futuristic four-door Gran Coupe sure looks sick! This i4 is BMW's hope of transitioning into a new era of "Sheer Driving Pleasure."

The concept version of the i4 resembles recently launched 2-Series Gran Coupe, but on the inside, the i4 is nothing like anything we've seen from BMW before. The i4 previews a large, curved display on the dash, which according to BMW is what their upcoming displays might look like.

That low-glare screen, or screens, does away with the need to house shrouds for blocking the outside light.

 

BMW has even included three modes, Core, Sport, and Efficient, into the next-gen display, giving an idea of the OS BMW will be using in vehicles from next year onwards. As far as powering the car is concerned, propelling the i4 will be a 530 hp motor placed atop the rear axle of this concept.

That motor will push the i4 past the 60 mph mark from a standstill in around 4.0 seconds. The 530 hp motor will derive electricity from an 80kWh battery pack with an expected range of about 270 miles as per EPA estimates.

Complementing that battery pack will be a 150-kW fast-charger with the capability of charging the i4 from zero to 80 percent under 35 minutes. As of now, its closest rivals like Porsche and, obviously, Tesla both offer more superior charging capabilities.

Still, all in all, this i4, which is a part of the 25 electric models BMW plans to manufacture and sell by 2023, looks quite promising if the numbers hold up.

Overall, the BMW Concept i4 highlights futuristic design in the form of a beautifully put together interior and a straightforward exterior, much like most of the Bimmers we have come to love and adore. The only thing unusual about the i4 is its grille, which BMW says is some "intelligence panel" housing various sensors as there is no engine to breathe in air.

The other thing that stands about the i4 is the BMW badge. This concept is the first BMW to feature a redesigned logo, which probably is the part that stands out most about the i4.

The new logo introduced by BMW is now flat and transparent. There is no black ring surrounding the blue-and-white roundel inside. The logo's transparency lets the Frozen Light Copper paint job of the concept shine from within.

According to Jens Thiemer, Senior Vice President Customer & Brand BMW, "BMW becomes a relationship brand. The new communication logo "radiates openness and clarity" He further went on to explain, It symbolizes the significance and relevance of the brand for mobility and driving pleasure in the future."

So the new Concept i4 underscores an entirely new take on the excellence of driving a BMW. Not only is the i4 sporty-looking and spacious, but it is going to be all that while putting out zero emissions. All the best, BMW!
 

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