Tesla Should Be Worried About BMW's Next Big Reveal

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BMW will hold off on debuting its next 4-Series to show off something arguably more important.

German luxury brand BMW will put off showing its brand new 4-Series car model for the time being, instead choosing to use this year's Geneva Motor Show for the debut of its next big step in the world of battery-electric vehicles: the BMW i4.

That's according to BMW Blog, who says that the i4 concept will be more-or-less production-ready - no crazy, impractical interior trimmed in unobtainium, or wildly improbable exterior styling. The car will be just the third dedicated electric model from BMW's electric "i" sub-brand, after the i3 battery-electric hatchback and i8 plug-in-hybrid sportscar.

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BMW i has already made public the i4 sedan's stats, and they paint a pretty alluring picture. According to the German automaker, the i4 will pack a 523-horsepower punch, good for a 0-to-60-mph sprint in just over 4 seconds. Juice will come from an 80-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that by itself weighs roughly 1,200 pounds, lending the car an estimated driving range of about 600 km - about 373 miles.

Granted, that figure seems most likely to have come from Europe's more lenient WLTP test cycle. The US Environmental Protection Agency is a bit more pessimistic with its ratings, so expect an EPA-estimated range closer to 320 miles.

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With no pricing info available, it's impossible to say how directly the 2022 BMW i4 will compete with the Tesla Model 3. However, the 75-kWh, RWD version of that car has an advertised 0-to-60 time of 5 seconds dead, courtesy of a single motor putting out 340 peak horsepower, and an estimated 600 km (373 miles) of range on the WLTP test cycle. The Performance model, with its dual-motor AWD and 580 peak horsepower (combined), manages the 0-to-60 sprint in a scant 3.2 seconds.

We guess BMW will have to take a look at introducing an all-wheel-drive i4 M to blow the doors off of that model.

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