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

BMW i4 electric four-door coupe teased for the first time during winter testing

The forthcoming BMW i4 has been pictured in the metal for the first time, with the electric four-door coupe undergoing winter testing in Sweden ahead of its launch in 2021.

The i4 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.

In complete contrast, the i4 will be built on a platform shared with many of BMW’s biggest-selling cars, as well as the iNEXT SUV, which is also due to go on sale in two years' time.

BMW i4 styling

The images from winter testing are the closest we've come to seeing a production version of the i4, and insiders have hinted that it’ll effectively be a part of the 4 Series Gran Coupe line-up, rather than being treated as a separate model.

As such, the i4 appears to sport a similar profile to the 4 Series, with the main difference being that it sits a little higher off the road to accommodate the batteries.

In any case, the design appears to have been toned down hugely from the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017.

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 achieving 250 miles now, BMW says the i4 will be capable of more than 372 miles of range.

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.

The i4's performance also looks set to take the fight to its rivals: 0-62mph will take less than four seconds, with a top speed of around 124mph. 

Release date

At the 2018 Paris Motor Show, BMW confirmed that the i4 would go on sale in 2021, following the iX3 SUV – due on sale next year – and the iNEXT SUV.