BMW i4 Price
BMW unveiled its new i3 and i8, but it seems that this isn’t enough for the Bavarian car maker because the last reports claims that two more models are on the way. We’re talking about the i4 and i5, two new models that feature drive trains matching the BMW i3 and BMW i8 and look to be Low-Cost Performance variants in the new range.
At this moment, is hard to talk about pricing, but despite the fact that there is no word about the starting price or specs, we can give you some clues based on the latest rumors. The initial rumors suggest that the model will be based on the i3, but is hard to say if the new model will exceed with much the price of its predecesor.
One of the main elements that can change the price is the design. According to some insiders, the i4 will feature the same carbon fibre-reinforced plastic construction as the i3, plus adapted versions of the powertrains found in those cars, the small, family-centered 2-seater with a wider track, a lot more sporting stance, a sloping roof, and an architecture similar to the i3. If it’s so, the i4 will be the same on-road appeal and performance as an i8 but with the mega city functionality of the i3, so the price will be slightly higher than the price of the BMW i3, a car that is expected to exceed to $40,000 limit.
The Munich-based automaker will probably aim to keep the price tag pretty low, allowing those who might actually want to own an i8 but are running short of money to buy a great car at the lowest price possible. The BMW i4 is expected to be as longer as i3 model, a simple extension of the current under-production offering with appropriate space for four people, rear hinged doors, sleek aerodynamics. In addition to that, there will be other i-specific cues incorporated within the cutting-edge CFRP construction.
The official pricing will be made public sometime at the end of 2013 or the begginig of 2014, considering that the BMW i3 will be launched next year and the i4 will make an appearance as a concept version after the i8′s launch in 2014. Considering that this car will hit the market in 2013 and the cost of the battery pack in the Nissan Leaf cost $10,000 USD almost 2 years ago, while battery costs fall 8% each year. Beside this, you should consider that BMW’s recent $100,000,000 purchase of its very own carbon fibre plant in the USA, so we expect the BMW i4 to exceed the $45,000-$50,000 limit, but this remain to be seen.