Recently, BMW revealed its first electric sedan BMW i4 at its Annual Conference. The German automaker announced that the BMW i4 will have an electric range of 569 km (WLTP) and 300 miles as per EPA standards.As of now, BMW has unveiled limited information about the four-door electric sedan. However, from what we know, it seems that the BMW i4 will rival the likes of the Porsche Taycan.Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG said, “With its sporty looks, best in class driving dynamics and zero local emissions, the BMW i4 is a true BMW. It makes the heart of the BMW brand now beat fully electric,”.BMW i4 Electric Sedan Image: BMWThe BMW i4 is what the automaker is calling it, an all-electric four-door Gran Coupe with a seating capacity of five passengers.When launched, the BMW i4 will be the flagship electric car in the company’s portfolio.According to its makers, the BMW i4 combines the pinnacle of automotive engineering with the efficiency of an all-electric vehicle.PerformanceThe BMW i4 will be the most powerful electric BMW ever with a power output of 530 HP. In addition, it’ll be able to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in about 4 seconds.In contrast, Porsche Taycan 4S delivers a maximum of 522 HP and needs 3.8 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph.Electric RangeAs per the press release, the BMW i4 will offer an electric range of up to 590 km (366 miles) as per the WLTP cycle and 482 km (300 miles) as per the EPA norms.Although the electric range of the BMW i4 is not as impressive as that of the Tesla Model S or 3, it’s still quite competitive for others.With this range, the BMW i4 will give tough competition to both Porsche Taycan and the upcoming Audi e-tron GT.In fact, in terms of range, it will have an edge over the Porsche Taycan that offers an electric range of up to 227 miles (EPA).Design Image: BMWLike its brand, the BMW i4 looks simply elegant from each angle. Speaking of the side profile, a longer wheelbase, lower roofline, and elongated bonnet redefine a classic coupe design. In addition, the sharp blue stripes stretched along with the doors and the triangular alloy wheels give it a refreshing appearance.Similarly, the new front grilles, sharp headlights as well as tail-lights along with the essence of blue lights and sleek lines enhance the overall look of the electric sedan.Moreover, the application of blue paint also distinguishes it from its conventional ICE siblings and resembles the electric energy inside it.Launch Date And Price Of Electric Sedan BMW i4The BMW i4 electric sedan is scheduled to launch in the course of 2021 in the European market. On the other hand, in the U.S. you would be able to buy it sometime in 2022.If we talk about the price, nothing is confirmed yet. Also, due to limited information, it’ll be too soon to guess the prices.Final ThoughtsAlthough we don’t have the full specs of the BMW i4 yet, we are quite positive that in terms of ride quality, performance, and comfort it can match the existing players like Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S.BMW is famous for its excellent engineering and build quality. Hence, the only matter of concern left was of electric range and EV technology.With a range of 590 km, it looks like it has all elements to land in the game. Anyway, let’s wait for BMW to unveil its full specs. Until then, do share your views in the comments section below of what you think about this new electric car.
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