- Electric BMW will rival the Tesla Model 3
- i4 will cover up to 370 miles on a single charge
- Prices start at £52,000
The BMW i4 is available to order with a starting price of £52,000. The i4 will most likely reach showrooms in 2022 and be a rival for the Tesla Model 3, which is more than £10,000 cheaper.
So it’s not a bargain, but the i4 is the German carmaker’s first attempt at moulding everything you like about a modern BMW – stylish design, luxurious interior and sharp driving dynamics – around an electric powertrain.
Stylish design? Well, we’ll let you decide.
Upfront, you get the love it or loath beaver-tooth grille that first appeared on the new 4 Series. It’s not as striking now and, on the i4, it gets a flush finish with a panel that can open to provide cooling to the motors when needed. Aerodynamics feature a lot in the design.
Thus, the BMW has a slippery profile with a coupe-like roofline reminiscent of the Tesla Model S and door handles that sit flush in their housings. You can also go for 17-inch wheels with plastic inserts that help them cut through the air more easily and add 6 miles to your total range. Standard 17, 18 and 20-inch wheels are also available.
Around the back, you’ll find a rear diffuser that’s stuck on the end of the BMW’s completely flat floor, which again helps lower drag. The diffuser, lower section between the wheels which houses the battery and the opening grille are finished in iBlue highlights to press home the i4’s perceived eco-friendliness.
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