Remember the concept car that BMW was showing off at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show, the i Vision Dynamics? Well, it appears that it’ll be a vision realised, as the BMW Group has approved the model for series production in the future.
Christened the i4, we’re going to assume that if it’s anything like the i Vision Dynamics concept, it’ll retain the dramatic coupe roofline into production, if only not to confuse us further by putting an even number on a non-coupe car (we’re looking at you, 2-Series Active Tourer). When it arrives, the i4 will be one of the 25 electrified models that BMW intends to have on showroom floors by 2025, with 12 of those cars being fully-electric.
When it was shown in concept form, the i Vision Dynamics showed off a battery range of roughly 600km, with a century sprint time of less than 4-seconds and a top speed of 200km/h. Most of this was down to the use of a next-generation battery pack that BMW said it would be able to put into production by 2020.
BMW’s new battery will be fitted to a slew of models, likely starting with plug-in hybrids before full-electric vehicles, by 2020. The i4’s introduction timeline wasn’t offered, but we’re without doubt that it’ll be preceded by a number of models.
Off the bat, we already know that BMW either already has or will be shortly putting both the i8 Roadster and the MINI Cooper S E Countryman All4 on sale this year, while a full-electric MINI, BMW X3, and BMW iNext are due in 2019, 2020, and 2021 respectively. That in mind, we reckon we’ll see the i4 probably in 2022.