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The BMW Concept i4 is said to take electric drive to the core of the BMW brand and herald in a new era of Sheer Driving Pleasure.

04 Mar 2020 | International News : Germany

BMW is opening a new chapter in its history with the unveiling of the Concept i4 pure electric Gran Coupe.

The BMW Concept i4 is said to offer a high level of everyday usability and practicality with its four doors
The BMW Concept i4 takes electric drive to the core of the BMW brand and heralds a new era in Sheer Driving Pleasure. The concept is also said to preview the BMW i4, slated to enter production in 2021.

The Concept i4 provides a whole new take on the dynamic excellence for which BMW is renowned.

The concept car 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 houses a long wheelbase, fastback roofline and short overhangs, forming 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. Crisp, smooth lines and taut volumes merge into a rich, smoothly contoured sculpture and create a clear surfacing language for the concept.

Blanked off kidney grille will maximise the car's electric range
A host of other aerodynamic measures maximise the car's electric range: The blanked off kidney grille and clear aero lips provide detailed examples of sophisticated airflow engineering at work.

Another distinctive area of the car are the wheel rims. These have been designed exclusively for the BMW Concept i4 and blend aerodynamic and lightweight design by utilising smooth and therefore aerodynamically optimised surfaces and ultra-low-weight, high-strength spokes.

The interior of the BMW Concept i4 focuses on those times when the driver chooses to pilot the car themselves. 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.

The information display and Control Display in the Concept i4 utilise non-reflective glass, removing the need for a shroud to shade them
In the Concept i4, the 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.

Rear-seat passengers meanwhile are greeted by a generously-sized compartment offering levels of headroom and legroom that exceed expectations of a coupe. Integrated head restraints for the front and rear seats add further to the sporting feel. The cut-out in the head restraints is a classy detail that references sporty BMW models from the current lineup.

Cut-out in the head restraints is a classy detail that references sporty models from BMW's current lineup
Three different Experience Modes will enable users to explore the various facets of the electric drive system, while ambient lighting in the dashboard, doors and below the display will indicate selected drive mode.

The BMW Concept i4 represents a look ahead to the BMW i4, slated to enter production in 2021 at the BMW Group's main plant in Munich. In the future, combustion engined vehicles, plug-in hybrids and all electric vehicles will be manufactured on the same assembly line in Munich.
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