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BMW i4 Slated to Rival Tesla Sedans in 2021

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【Summary】During the recent Paris Motor Show, the current chairman of the board of management for BMW, Harald Krueger confirmed that the company will launch the BMW i4 shortly after the launch of BMW iX3 and iNEXT electric crossover.

Manish Kharinta    Oct 30, 2018 6:00 AM PT
BMW i4 Slated to Rival Tesla Sedans in 2021
author: Manish Kharinta   

European premium car makers took a big hit recently when Tesla Model 3 started tapping into their consumer base. During the recent Paris Motor Show, the current chairman of the board of management for BMW, Harald Krueger confirmed that the company will launch the BMW i4 shortly after the launch of BMW iX3 and iNEXT electric crossover.

The BMW i4 was first introduced as the company's i Vision Dynamics Concept. Following this, the company confirmed that this design will be put into production in 2021 and will be dubbed the all-new BMW i4. The company plans on offering the i4 as an all-electric sibling to the 4-Series Gran Coupe. The upcoming electric vehicle will be manufactured in Munich, Germany.

Kruger further elaborated and said that BMW already has more than 300,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids on the road and plans on further increasing these numbers by introducing new models in the near future. Kruger also confirmed that in 2019 BMW will launch an all-electric version of Mini and this will be followed with the launch of BMW iX3 in the year 2020. 

He also explained that by the year 2021, BMW aims to have 5 core electric vehicles on the road which is why the i4 electric vehicle will be launched in the year 2021. Kruger reasons that this decision reflects the company's strong commitment to what BMW considers to be the future of automotive mobility.

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The BMW i3

Since the BMW i4 will be part of the 4 Series Gran Coupe lineup, the car will be built on the automaker's CLAR modular architecture and will be designed to be compatible with gasoline, plug-in hybrid, pure electric or diesel powertrains. The overall design of the i4 will be more conventional than as compared to that of the current i3 and i8 electric offerings by BMW.

The design director of BMW, Adrian Van Hooydonk explained the reasoning behind this design approach and said that like BMW X3 which is one of the company's I offerings, benefited from having a conventional design which helped it be part of a pre-existing lineup rather than a stand-alone offering.

The i4 will be BMW's contender against the Tesla Model 3 and Model S. 

The company claims that this four-door electric vehicle will get an all-electric driving range of 375 miles. BMW said that the iNEXT will follow soon after the i4 and will get a superior electric driving range.

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