vintage mulberry bags BMW i4 confirmed for production at Geneva show
facebook twitter google+ emailPreviewed by last year’s iVision Dynamics concept, the BMW i4 is one of 12 electric models due by 2025 The next car to enter BMW’s i line up will be the i4. Brand CEO Harald Kruger confirmed the news at the BMW’s 2018 Geneva Motor Show press conference, informing onlookers that the next i car will be built “right at the heart of BMW” in Munich, Germany.The i4 will be based on the iVision Dynamics concept, which was revealed at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The four door coupe will sit between the i3 and i8, and alongside the forthcoming iX3. It’ll join the firm’s all electric i range by 2020, ahead of several more low emission vehicles. All the latest from the 2018 Geneva Motor ShowKruger said: “By 2025, our global vehicle portfolio will include 25 fully or part electric models.Image 2 of 12″At last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, we unveiled our take on the future of e mobility with the BMW iVision Dynamics,” said Kruger. “This vehicle will become reality: we will build it in Munich as the BMW i4.”The iVision Dynamics (and upcoming i4) cuts a slightly different character compared to BMW’s current i offerings, though some styling cues are taken from the Vision Next 100 concept car, which debuted in 2016. The large, vertical kidney grille outlines are very similar, for instance, as are the LED strip headlights and horizontal,
flared taillights.Elsewhere, the concept boasts a full length panoramic glasshouse running from windscreen to rear window, plus smooth, one piece surfaces. Asked how close the concept is to the production model, head of BMW i division Robert Irlinger told Auto Express: “It’s a concept car but we have a good tradition at BMW i that the concept car and the later production car look the same. Yes, there will be some changes but this car [Vision Dynamics concept] is not far away.”According to BMW, the concept boasts an all electric range of 373 miles, with a top speed over 120mph and a 0 62mph time of four seconds. That’d put the i4 in direct competition with the Tesla Model 3, which due to production constraints, isn’t due to launch in the UK until 2019.Asked when the production model will launch Irlinger added: “As soon as we have all our modular systems working, so something around 2020. We are working on a very competitive and innovative project; we are trying to find the right design for the car.Image 3 of 12″It will sit between the i3 and the i8 [i Division] is at the core of the brand. With our new modular systems, the next level of out electric powertrains, we are able to bring an electrified powertrains to all of our vehicles.Irlinger told us at the Frankfurt show that the i4 will use lithium ion battery cells. It will be based on a new common architecture that will allow BMW to create petrol and diesel cars, plug in hybrids and electric vehicles all on the same platform.