2021 BMW i4
BMW is no stranger to electrified models (see the funky little i3 and wildly styled i8 for proof), and the 2021 i4 sedan looks to further bolster the brand’s EV portfolio. Based on Bimmer’s most famous model, the 3-series, the upcoming i4 is a low-slung four-door that’s expected to compete with rivals such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Audi e-Tron GT. While full details are still forthcoming, we do know the BMW EV will have a 530-hp electric motor and an 80.0-kWh battery pack. BMW claims that the i4 will boast a driving range of 372 miles as well as a full complement of high-tech equipment when it goes on sale sometime in 2021.
What’s New for 2021?
The BMW i4 is an all-new electric sedan that is expected to compete against the Tesla Model 3 and other mid-size EV sedans when it finally hits showrooms in 2021. Although we’ve seen a concept car, spy photos, and most recently a camouflaged prototype playing in the snow, we’re still waiting on more comprehensive and concrete details.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2021 i4 will feed electrons to an electric motor that is expected to make 530 horsepower. BMW has said the sedan’s battery-pack capacity will be approximately 80.0-kWh. Likewise, the company says the all-electric four-door will accelerate from zero to 62 mph in four seconds flat. We think that’s conservative since we tested a Model 3 that whirred to 60 mph in 3.5 ticks despite having almost 80 fewer ponies. We also expect the i4 to offer both rear- and all-wheel drive, which will ultimately produce different zero-to-60-mph times.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t yet released estimates for the i4’s fuel economy or driving range, so all we have to go on is BMW’s claim of 372 miles per charge. Once we get an i4 to our office for testing, we’ll put it through our 200-mile highway fuel economy route to determine its real-world driving range.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The i4 Concept’s cabin looks richly appointed and features rose gold trim, white leather upholstery, and light wood trim. We know the car will share its underpinnings with the company’s 3-series sedan, so the interior will likely be equally as spacious. The i4’s roofline is more dramatic than the 3, though, offering a four-door-coupe body style and what appears to be a large rear liftgate that opens to reveal a large cargo area like that of BMW 4-series Gran Coupe.