The BMW Group opened a new chapter in its history with the unveiling of the BMW Concept i4, a pure electric Gran Coupe.
The BMW Concept i4 represents a look ahead to the BMW i4, slated to enter production in 2021. It provides a whole new take on the dynamic excellence for which BMW is renowned and blends a modern, elegantly sporty design with the spaciousness and functionality of a four-door Gran Coupe – all while generating zero local emissions.
Its modern, elegant exterior represents a deliberate counterpoint to the dynamic flair of the driving experience. The Gran Coupe proportions create an authentic, modern and confident appearance. The long wheelbase, fastback roofline and short overhangs form a basic profile brimming with elegance and dynamism. With its four doors, the BMW Concept i4 offers not only a high level of everyday usability and practicality, but also a much larger interior than the car’s modern and dynamic proportions would immediately suggest.
The BMW Concept i4’s crisp, smooth lines and taut volumes merge into a rich, smoothly contoured sculpture and create a clear surfacing language. A host of aerodynamic measures maximise the car’s electric range. The blanked off kidney grille and clear aero lips provide an example of sophisticated airflow engineering at work.
The front-end treatment of the BMW Concept i4 presents the familiar BMW icons in a new look, lending a visually powerful face to the electric age at BMW. The prominent, closed-off kidney grille provides a tangible connection between the past and future of BMW. The BMW icon also gains new functionality: With no combustion engine to require cooling, the grille now serves primarily as an “intelligence panel” housing various sensors.
The rear of the BMW Concept i4 sits low over the road and cuts a broad, horizontally emphasised figure. The surfaces progress across the rear in a smooth and luxuriant movement, and give it a very modern and calm appearance. Below the rear lights, the inward-angled surfaces form aerodynamics-enhancing lips and incorporate vertical air outlets. The verticality of the design here emphasises the car’s sporting stance.
The interior of the BMW Concept i4 focusses on those times when the driver chooses to pilot the car themselves. Every element in the front of the cabin is trained on the driver. The new BMW Curved Display teams up with the steering wheel to reveal a new take on driver orientation and offers a look ahead to the display in the production versions of the BMW iNEXT and BMW i4.
The front section of the interior around the BMW Curved Display also majors on pared-back design. The understated use of different materials and the fundamental arrangement of controls creates a modern yet also luxurious ambience. Rear-seat passengers are greeted by a generously sized compartment offering levels of headroom and legroom that exceed expectations of a coupe. Integral head restraints for the front and rear seats add further to the sporting feel.
Series production of the new BMW i4 will begin in 2021 at the BMW Group’s main plant in Munich. In the future, combustion-engined vehicles, plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles will be manufactured on the same assembly line in Munich. The company is investing a total of around EUR200 million in Plant Munich to bring series production of the BMW i4 to fruition.