The 2022 i4 is going to be BMW's first-ever electric four-door Gran Coupé, with more power than the current M4!
In March this year, BMW gave us a glimpse of three EVs it is working on: the iX3, iNext and the i4. While the iX3 is set to debut next year, the latter two won't be seen before 2021. However, to keep the interest alive, BMW has gone on and revealed the specs of the 2022 i4. The i4 can be seen as the electric derivative of the brand's 4-Series Gran Coupé. Therefore, the i4 is set to become BMW's first EV in the premium mid-range sedan segment. What the i4 will share with the other two models is the fifth-gen BMW eDrive technology that, as per BMW, will feature a newly-developed electric motor, power electronics, charging unit & high-voltage battery.
For the i4, BMW has designed the new electric motor to produce close to 523bhp! That's 79bhp more than the M4 & the 2020 M2 CS! In fact, BMW says the i4's performance will be comparable to any of its current V8-powered models. Thanks to 500+bhp on tap, BMW claims its 0-100km/h time is likely to be around the 4.0-second mark, with a top speed of 200km/h.
The new high-voltage battery pack used in the 5th-gen eDrive also benefits from all the current advancements in BMW's battery cell technology. As a result, the i4's battery will offer a capacity of up to 80kWh, which translates into a real-world driving range of approx. 600km! However, due to such high energy density, about 550kg of the i4's total weight will be attributed just to the battery pack. The new charging unit can support a charging capacity of up to 150 kW. As a result, the BMW i4 can charge up to 80 per cent in 35 minutes, or simply, it can offer 100km of driving range in only six minutes!
While BMW is surely making it all sound very ideal & lucrative, all we can do right now is hope that the actual production model is able to comply with all these figures.