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BMW i4 electric saloon due 2021 with 370-mile range

BMW is bringing its EV knowhow to the compact executive sector with the arrival of the Tesla Model 3-rivalling i4 in 2021.

The new BMW i4

Arriving around the same time as the iNEXT and a year after the iX3, the i4 will use BMW’s fifth-generation EV technology and will marry up claimed dynamic performance and typical BMW Gran Coupé styling, rather than the more unusual design taken for the i3 and i8, along with a WLTP-rated range of some 372 miles.

In the case of the i4, the eDrive will use a 530hp electric motor that provides a 0-62mph time of around 4.0 seconds, achieving a top speed of more than 200km/h (125mph).

The 80kWh battery weighs around 550kg and can be charged at up to 150kW, giving an 80% charge in around 35 minutes.

The drive system uses a single housing for the electric motor, transmission and power electronics, which will be open for use in future models in a range of output levels.

The i4 will be manufactured at the company’s main plant in Munich alongside conventional and plug-in hybrid models and forms part of BMW Group’s plan to offer 25 electrified models by 2023.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.