BMW i4 fully-electric sedan to be launched in 2021

BMW has revealed that the i4 is set to enter the market in 2021, with the announcement being made by BMW chairman Harald Kruger at the Paris Motor Show. Back in March, the automaker had officially confirmed in Geneva that the i Vision Dynamics concept shown in Frankfurt last year was set to make it into series production and that the electric sedan would be known as the i4.

When it arrives, the i4 will be the company’s fifth fully-electric offering, after the i3 (which has just been updated with a new 120 Ah battery) and the MINI Electric arriving in 2019 as well as the iX3, the all-electric version of the X3, and the series production version of the Vision iNEXT, which are due in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

The i Vision Dynamics is styled along four-door Gran Coupe lines, similar to the 4 Series Gran Coupe and 6 Series Gran Coupe, and features an electric powertrain offering the vehicle a 600 km operating range on a single charge. Other performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of four seconds and a top speed of 200 km/h.

BMW i4 fully-electric sedan to be launched in 2021

The study also showcased the automaker’s next-gen battery technology that will begin appearing in its various plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles from around 2020. No timeframe for the i4’s entry into the market was announced, but the company is set to deploy a number of models ahead of it.

BMW still hasn’t revealed any tech details about the i4, but the car should feature the automaker’s fifth-generation electric tech, which will offer among other things a choice of three modular battery kits with varying capacities, ranging from 60 kWh (approximately 450 km range) and 90 kWh (approximately 550 km range) to 120 kWh (approximately 700 km range).

The i4 will be one of the 12 pure electric models in Munich’s 25-model electrified line-up it plans to have in place by 2025. The company also announced in Paris that it had sold more than 100,000 electrified vehicles worldwide this year, and currently has over 300,000 electric vehicles and plug-in-hybrids on the road.

GALLERY: BMW i Vision Dynamics concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

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