New BMW i4 2021: specs, range and on-sale date

Whereas previous BMW i cars have been very distinctive, the forthcoming BMW i4 will be a much more mainstream model

BMW i Vision Dynamics

BMW wants its electric cars to become much more mainstream – and the BMW i4 will be first step in this direction.

It looks very different to the BMW i3 and BMW i8, both of which use a variety of bespoke materials and were designed to stand out from the rest of the BMW range – and from most other cars, for that matter.

However, in complete contrast, the i4 will be built on a platform shared with many of BMW’s biggest-selling cars.

BMW i4 styling

We’re yet to see the production version of the i4, but insiders have hinted that, rather than being treated as a separate model, it’ll effectively be a part of the 4 Series Gran Coupe line-up.

As a result, we think the i4 may well share the same profile as the 4 Series, with the main difference being that it sits a little higher off the road to allow for the car’s batteries to be installed in the best position.

The BMW i Vision Dynamics concept (pictured above) could give a clue as to how it'll look.

Range, charging and battery

BMW knows how far its rivals’ cars can go on a single charge, so it wants to at least match them. With the likes of Audi, Tesla and Mercedes all managing 250 miles now, BMW wants its i4 to be capable of about 375 miles when it goes on sale in 2021.

It’s also possible that the company could sell the i4 with a variety of battery capacities and, therefore, ranges. However, that will depend on customer demand. 

Release date

At the 2018 Paris Show, BMW confirmed that the i4 would go on sale in 2021, following the iX3 and an SUV based on the iNEXT, which are due in 2020 and 2021 respectively.