This latest BMW i4 prototype was spied wearing production body parts.
It's been around 10 months since we got our first look at the BMW i4 in prototype form, and now the development of the Tesla Model 3 fighter appears to be moving on rapidly because this latest prototype looks more production-ready. Compared to previous prototypes, this i4 prototype spotted by our spy photographers has been fitted with production headlights and taillights and has less camouflage than before.
Other prototypes were missing parts, but this version now has a production body with side sills, giving us a better idea of what the finished model will look like.
The grille is still covered up, however, so it remains to be seen if its kidney grilles will be as large as those on the iNext Concept. As we expected, the overall design of the i4 looks a lot like the next-generation 4 Series Gran Coupe that we recently spied, but we're not complaining. BMW's new electric sedan will be based on the manufacturer's CLAR modular architecture, designed to accommodate gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric powertrains. Expect it to ride higher than the 4 Series Gran Coupe to accommodate the batteries. Reports suggest the i4 will be available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and multiple powertrain configurations.
The base version will reportedly have one electric motor mounted on the front driving the rear wheels through a fixed ratio transmission, whereas the range-topping model will use two electric motors, with one on each axle.
BMW claims the i4 will have a range of over 372 miles based on the WLTP cycle, while the electric motors will enable the i4 to sprint from a standstill to 62 mph in four seconds and reach a top speed of over 124 mph
The i4 will be one of 12 fully electric models BMW is planning to launch by 2023. BMW will also launch the iNext flagship SUV, which is now expected to offer a range of 360 miles based on the WLTP cycle. The i4 was originally expected to debut in 2021, but the official reveal could be sooner judging from the car's current stage of development.