BMW's first foray into the electrified future was the diminutive i3. Though incredibly stylish and genuinely fun to drive, the i3's elevated price tag ultimately limits its appeal. Even with the help of its optional gasoline-engine range extender, the i3 fails to keep up with the range offered by long-distance EVs that entered the marketplace after its 2014 introduction.
2021 BMW i4
BMW hasn't released a detailed breakdown of the i4's powerplant yet, but we do know that the i4 will use an 80-kWh battery pack to power at least one electric motor. The i4 might very well come in an all-wheel-drive variant, but the rear-wheel-drive version will have its motor sitting just behind the rear seats. BMW has claimed several models will be offered, including an M Performance variant. The top trim looks to have 530 horsepower with nearly 300 miles of range, though the latter has not been confirmed by the EPA.
BMW has yet to release any interior photos of the i4, but the automaker did announce the i4 will use the company's newest infotainment software, known as iDrive 8. Flaunting a giant, curved digital dash, much like the Cadillac Escalade and various Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the i4 is looking to start at the head of the pack when it comes to technology.
It's been a long time coming for a next-generation EV from BMW. We're still fans of the i3, and this new i4 should have even greater appeal. If the initial range and power estimates are realized in production, the future looks brighter and greener for BMW.