After Volkswagen, it is up to BMW to outline the strategy for electrification of the range: so that the Bavarian manufacturer is ready to launch 13 new battery-powered models by 2023. The first of the new generation will be iX and i4: “The launch of the BMW iX and i4 will mark the beginning of our technology offensive in 2021: these two fully electric vehicles will set the benchmark for the future of battery-powered cars, ”said Oliver Zipse, head of BMW group, during the official presentation. In the next few years, therefore, the electron versions of the 5 Series, X1 and 7 Series will arrive: the BMW target is to have at least one 100% electric version in its offer for each model of the range.
Particularly important in this sense will be the contribution made by the iX, which will be marketed by the end of the year with prices of around 80 thousand euros and which had already been talked about last November. The car will be offered in two editions, with power of 300 and 500 HP (capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 per hour in 5 seconds), powered respectively by a 70 and 100 kWh accumulator, for a Wltp approved autonomy of 400 and 600 km. Charging can be done with rapid columns up to 200 kW, to restore 80% autonomy in 40 minutes (and 120 km in 10 minutes).
However, the real novelty is the i4, the 100% electric version of the 4 Series Gran Coupé with internal combustion engine, which is also ready for its debut. The two cars will share the platform and, in more detail, the i4 will be equipped with a 100% electric propulsion system with powers up to 530 hp – capable of making the vehicle sprint from 0 to 100 per hour in about 4 seconds – and autonomy homologated close to 600 km. Likely, the i4 will be offered in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (four-wheel drive) configurations, sharing the interior architecture with the new 4 Series coupé.
“With its sporty appearance, best-in-class dynamic capabilities and zero local emissions,” said Pieter Nota, member of the board of directors of BMW AG with responsibility for customers, brands and sales: “The new i4 is a true BMW. Now it makes the heart of the BMW brand beat in a fully electric mode ”. Full details on the i4 will be released by the parent company in the coming weeks.