BMW i4 to Focus on Low-Cost PerformancePosted on Friday, October 28th, 2011 in BMW i4 News, BMW i4 Rumors.
After the great unveiling of the i3 and i8 from BMW, the German car maker is planning something new for us: the new i4. According to the latest reports, this vehicle will feature drivetrains matching the BMW i3 and look to be Low-Cost Performance variant in the new range.
The usual insiders from BMW claims that the BMW i4 will be based around the carbon fiber reinforced plastic “Life” structure to keep weight in check, while it will supposedly be based on the i3′s architecture.
Still, you should consider that this is a new model, so it will come with a couple of new thing like the extra set of doors and seats to become a two-seater with a sloping roof, wider track and a more sporting demeanor.
As for the performance and numbers, expect the i4 to take its power from a variant of the i3′s electric motor, with the same optional range-extending engine mounted out back. Keep in mind that it will be pretty similar to the i3, a car that is powered by an electric motor over the rear axle – which generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and impressive torque of 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) from a standstill – and a small turning circle combine to deliver pleasingly crisp driving characteristics.
You can make an ideea about the performances of this car if you take a look at the i3. The BMW i3 Concept accelerates from 0 to 60 km/h (37 mph) in under four seconds and from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than eight seconds. BMW wants to have at least one affordable i-branded two-door within the next five to six years, and considering the i8 will likely crest $100,000, the i4 will be a more attainable entry point for the marque.
The public debut is still a mystery, but considering that the BMW i3 will be launched next year, the i4 will make an appearance as a concept version after the i8′s launch in 2014.