BMW looks ahead to the 373-mile all-electric i4 gran coupe

BMW i Vision Dynamics concept 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

The i4 will become BMW's first EV targeted at the premium mid-range segment. The all-electric four-door coupé will arrive after next year's iX3 and iNEXT SUVs and, just like those models, will feature BMW's fifth-generation eDrive electric powertrain.

The flat battery pack weighs 550 kg and offers a storage capactiy of 80 kWh.

Next year marks the kickoff of BMW's new-generation electric vehicle offensive, which will be based around its fifth-generation eDrive technology, a scalable architecture packaging together a more energy-dense high-voltage battery, new charging hardware, and a new integrated unit with motor, transmission and power electronics in a single housing.

By 2023, the BMW Group will have 25 electrified models, including plug-in hybrids.

The model will benefit from fifth-generation eDrive technology and BMW says the vehicle will be equipped with an electric motor that develops a maximum output of around 523 hp (390 kW / 530 PS) reaching the level of a V8 engine in the brand's current ICE lineup.

The motor will be powered by an all-new battery that uses the latest cell technology. The acceleration from 0 to 62 miles per hour should take no more than four seconds and the top speed will be electronically governed to 120 mph.

The specs here aren't really new, as they're the same numbers that were attached to the 2017 i Vision Dynamics, an early i4 preview.

As for the battery, it will be able to withstand a charging capacity of up to 150 kW, meaning it could charge itself to 80 percent capacity in just 35 minutes, or gain 100 km of range every six minutes.

The new model will be produced at BMW's Munich plant alongside the 3- and 4 Series variants.



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