Take a closer look at the new BMW Concept i4

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The first purely electric BMW Gran Coupé is equipped with fifth generation BMW eDrive technology, offers an outstanding range of up to 372 miles, alongside an elegant design and modern aesthetics signals a new chapter in BMW’s history - the first purely electric series production model in the BMW premium midsize segment, which is due to enter production in 2021.

The new BMW Concept i4 has a subtle yet impactful presence thanks to clear surface design, a fastback-style roofline and the gently sculptured form, which are complemented by the modern Frozen Light Copper exterior finish. Adding to this are blue elements at the front, side and rear, which is a nod to its BMW i origins. Inside, the light and airy design, which is accentuated by a full-length Panoramic glass roof, creates a relaxed feel – a perfect ambience for the electric drive experience.

The BMW i4 is also loaded with design elements that catch your eye. Instantly noticeable is the large closed-off double kidney grille and two freestanding LED elements on either side. From the rear, slim L-shaped rear lights continue the theme to create a refined look, while exclusively styled wheels offer enhanced aerodynamics and a stylish side profile. Stepping inside, the Curved Display and the toggle-type shifter for gear selection are standout features that have been beautifully crafted to complement the chic decor.

It provides a whole new take on the dynamic excellence for which BMW is renowned and blends a modern, elegantly sporty design with the spaciousness and functionality of a four-door Gran Coupe – all while generating zero local emissions.

The modern, elegant exterior represents a deliberate counterpoint to the dynamic flair of the driving experience. The perfectly resolved Gran Coupe proportions create an authentic, modern and confident appearance. The long wheelbase, fastback roofline and short overhangs form a basic profile brimming with elegance and dynamism. With its four doors, the BMW Concept i4 offers not only a high level of everyday usability and practicality, but also a much larger interior than the car’s modern and dynamic proportions would immediately suggest.

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The interior of the BMW Concept i4 focuses on those times when the driver chooses to pilot the car themselves. To this end, every element in the front of the cabin is trained on the driver. The new BMW Curved Display teams up with the steering wheel to reveal a new take on driver orientation and offers a look ahead to the display in the production versions of the BMW iNEXT and BMW i4. Here, the presentation surfaces of the information display and Control Display merge into a single unit inclined towards the driver. This screen grouping optimises presentation of information and makes the display’s touch operation more intuitive. Advanced display tech with non-reflective glass also removes the need for a shroud to shade the displays and therefore contributes to an extremely uncluttered and airy cockpit.

Not only is the new i4 characterised by its individual design, but also by its own unique sound – known as BMW IconicSounds Electric. This new sound, developed by renowned composer Hans Zimmer and BMW Sound Designer Renzo Vitale, aims to emotionalise BMW’s electric vehicles.

When driving, you can experience the e-sounds of the BMW Concept i4, this includes hearing the driving sounds in “Core” mode to the more intense and pronounced sounds of “Sport” mode. You can even set it up so you can hear the sounds of the door opening and the starting scenario as the vehicle sets off.

Series production of the new BMW i4 will begin in 2021 at the BMW Group’s main plant in Munich. This means that, in the future, combustion-engined vehicles, plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles will be manufactured on the same assembly line in Munich.

Integrating the BMW i4 into the existing production system represents a challenging task for Plant Munich. The body concept of the BMW i4 differs from the architectures of the vehicle models produced at the plant to date due to the need to accommodate its high-voltage battery. Approximately 90 per cent of the existing production equipment in the body shop can be incorporated into the process, i.e. adapted to manufacture of the i4. However, the remaining ten per cent – especially the machinery involved in building the rear structure – will need to be newly built.

In the course of the BMW Concept i4 presentation BMW is unveiling the brand’s new look for the first time. The new logo for communications also provides the basis for the badge on the BMW Concept i4. Its two-dimensional and transparent design ensures seamless integration and brings the special exterior colour shade Frozen Light Copper to even greater prominence. The concept car not only has the task of looking ahead to the future in terms of aesthetics, technology and innovation, it also explores the design potential within our BMW trademark.

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