Skip advert
Advertisement

BMW i4 facelift to topple Tesla with huge range and tech upgrades

An updated version of the BMW i4 has been spotted testing, likely sporting a longer range and the latest technology

BMW i4 facelift spies - front

The electric-car scene is moving faster than a speeding BMW i4, with the plug-in executive car due to get an update to bring it in-line with newer rivals such as the facelifted Tesla Model 3.

Spotted testing out on the roads of Germany, disguised test mules give us our first glimpse of the refreshed car, and give us an inkling of what to expect when it finally arrives, likely around the beginning of next year.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Heavily camouflaged front and rear bumpers indicate the facelifted BMW i4 will look quite a bit different from the original model that made its debut back in 2021. The controversial enlarged kidney grilles remain, however, and it’s possible that these could now be illuminated – just like in the recently-announced BMW i5.

Speaking of the i5, we can see from the spy photographs that the updated i4 will mirror that car’s vertical strake headlight signature, replacing the old ‘angel eye’ design. We can also see that the i4 will get redesigned taillights – just like the i5’s – with long thin strips of LEDs for the indicators.

BMW i4 spies - rear

Other cosmetic changes will likely include new alloy wheel designs, as well as perhaps a couple of new colour options. On the inside, we expect the BMW i4’s cabin to stay generally the same as before, with BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system taking centre stage. Likely running the brand’s latest OS9 software, this features configurable home screen widgets, streamlined climate controls and programmable shortcut buttons.

With only two powertrains offered at launch, the BMW i4 is now available in entry-level eDrive30 form, all the way up to the shockingly fast i4 M50 flagship. Buyers can expect power and efficiency upgrades across the entire line-up, with the mid-spec eDrive40 model possibly now offering up to 400 miles of range – enough to match the newly-updated Polestar 2 and aforementioned Tesla Model 3.

The BMW i4 is one of the most expensive cars in its class, and we don’t expect this to change much when the mid-life facelift comes around. In fact, we expect a small uplift over the current car’s £49,995 starting price when the updated model goes on sale towards the middle of 2024.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

New electric MG Cyberster roadster could be on your driveway this summer for under £55k
New MG Cyberster - front
News

New electric MG Cyberster roadster could be on your driveway this summer for under £55k

26 Apr 2024
Revamped BMW i4 targets executive EV top spot
BMW i4 M50 - front tracking
News

Revamped BMW i4 targets executive EV top spot

24 Apr 2024
New Tesla Model 3 Performance hopes to retake the high-performance EV exec throne
Tesla Model 3 Performance - front tracking
News

New Tesla Model 3 Performance hopes to retake the high-performance EV exec throne

24 Apr 2024
New Smart Concept #5 previews the biggest, ‘most versatile’ Smart yet
Smart 5 Concept - front
News

New Smart Concept #5 previews the biggest, ‘most versatile’ Smart yet

23 Apr 2024

Most Popular

myenergi and Hendy Group partnership: making EV ownership easy and stress-free
myenergi zappi
Advertisement Feature

myenergi and Hendy Group partnership: making EV ownership easy and stress-free

From your first electric car purchase to the latest eco-smart and sustainable home charging solutions, myenergi and Hendy Group have got you covered
17 May 2024
What is regenerative braking?
Brake regen
Your questions answered

What is regenerative braking?

Check out our guide to regen braking or 'B mode'. We explain what it is, how it works and why you musn’t be afraid of it
24 May 2024
New Kia EV3 unveiled: baby SUV packs a punch and a 372-mile range
Kia EV3 - front
News

New Kia EV3 unveiled: baby SUV packs a punch and a 372-mile range

Kia’s EV family has just got bigger with the addition of the EV3, a car with many similarities to its EV9 big brother
23 May 2024