It will join four an ever-growing range of EVs when it arrives in 2021.
The much-awaited 3 Series was the main event at this year's Paris Motor Show but somehow we got the feeling that it was the beginning of the end for the traditional gas-powered sedan segment.
The new 3 showcased some impressive tech and the hybrid 330e is a big step up from the current model, but behind the scenes, BMW is working on a major EV offensive that Chairman Harald Krüger confirmed will include the i4 in 2021.
This model will become the fifth fully electric core offering from the Bavarian manufacturer, the first being the i3 which has just been given a bigger battery pack. The Mini Electric is due next year followed by the iX3 SUV in 2020. Both the range-topping iNext and i4 sedan will make their entrance in 2021 and it doesn't end there.
By 2025, BMW plans to have 25 electrified models in total, 12 of which will be fully-electric.
With regards to the i4, Krüger remained tight-lipped about any specific details but this model originated from the i Vision Dynamics concept shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year. That vehicle had a sub-3-second 0-60 mph time and a range of up to 373 miles. Battery capacities will range between 60kWh and 120kWh for these next-gen EVs so that sort of range is well within reach.
Size wise, the i4 should be in line with the current 3 and 4 series models and will be the more affordable option as opposed to the flagship iNext EV. Perhaps the inclusion of a classic sedan body style EV in the upcoming range is what is needed to ensure that this segment continues to flourish.