BMW’s upcoming Tesla Model 3 rival looks awfully familiar.
After being put through its paces in the snow during winter testing, a BMW i4 prototype has been spotted roaming the streets of Munich. Luckily, our spy photographers were on hand to snap some photos of BMW’s upcoming Tesla Model 3 rival. And this time, they managed to get a peek inside the cabin for the first time.
On the outside, the exterior is still covered in camouflage, but it’s clear that the i4 will look a lot like the 4 Series Gran Coupe. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the 4 Series Gran Coupe is arguably one of the best-looking cars BMW currently sells. The 4-door coupe body style is also very popular since it blends stylish looks with practicality, so the i4 has the potential to be a huge hit for BMW. There are still some differences, though, as the front incorporates the automaker's new kidney grille specific to electric BMW i models.
Inside, the similarities continue, as the interior looks a lot like modern BMWs, adopting a high-mounted screen for the iDrive system, a wide digital instrument cluster, and a similar-looking steering wheel to the 4 Series Gran Coupe.
Based on the BMW’s CLAR modular architecture designed to accommodate gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and pure-electric powertrains, the i4 is expected to form part of the 4 Series Gran Coupe lineup and will have a more conventional design compared to the i3 and i8.
According to BMW, the i4 will deliver a range of over 372 miles based on the new WLTP cycle, while the electric motors will enable the electric sedan to sprint from 0-62 mph in four seconds before reaching a top speed of over 124 mph. Production of the i4 will take place at BMW’s Munich plant starting 2021, so we’re expecting it to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show the same year. The i4 will be one of 12 new electric BMW models debuting by 2025 including the iNext and iX3.