The i4 shows BMW is serious about the switch to electric power, a significant step for a company associated with so many charismatic combustion engines past and present. Though full model details have yet to be released this all-electric BMW game-changer is expected to make its debut in Autumn 2021.
The i4’s eDrive system is built around a modular system featuring the electric motor, transmission and power electronics in a single housing, making it adaptable to different models and power outputs. BMW has also revealed that the i4 will feature model specific damper technology, ensuring that the instant acceleration that’s a characteristic of electric power is ‘a stimulating yet controlled driving experience’. From the originators of the Ultimate Driving Machine we’d expect no less. No safety features have been announced yet, but electric power makes it a natural fit with the latest in semi-autonomous driver aids.
Verdict: If you’ve doubted whether electric motors can ever replace the thrill of a responsive petrol engine, the BMW i4 could be the vehicle to change your mind. It’s a great-looking four-door coupé that shares BMW’s bold new design language, it has the range and the performance to match (or beat) the best in class and most important of all, it will drive like a proper BMW. That’s an unbeatable package and well worth the wait until Autumn 2021.