Could the future be bright for EVs?
BMW has just unveiled the all-new electric i4, and it doesn't look too shabby at all. It's basically a 4 Series with some added garnish for aero and to distinguish it as an EV, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Much like the iX that came before it, a car can look better in the metal than in photos. And if that doesn't work, all you need is for BMW's M Division to get involved, and voila! You have yourself a pretty smart-looking EV. With that in mind, our resident graphic artist sat down behind his screen to see what an M-enhanced i4 might look like, and we're not disappointed with the results.
BMW confirmed that a M Performance model of the i4 will arrive later this year, but we don't know if there will actually be a fully-fledged M version of the i4. Nevertheless, M versions of BMW's i-prefixed electric vehicles are inevitable, whether they come in the next five years or the next ten. So what can we expect? Well, instead of that fussy grille finish, an M version would likely have something a bit more menacing. With the new M4 getting lateral slats, an electric M could opt for a different design to set it apart, hence the mesh we've gone with here.
The rest of the fascia ties in with the current design ethos, however, with an aggressive front bumper adding menace to the look. An additional fake vent on the fender borrowed from the M4 would feature too, along with unique wheels wrapped in lower-profile rubber. Out back, BMW would have to come up with a new way to indicate power, since quad-exit exhaust tips would be redundant. Although not shown here, a massaged hood and special mirror caps would likely also feature, along with a subtle trunk spoiler. The question is though, would you buy an electric M, or is the concept sacrilegious in its entirety?