Pre-production BMW i4 to debut at Geneva show, 390kW EV – report

January 22, 2020

BMW is reportedly preparing to unveil the i4 at the 2020 Geneva motor show this March, although, it is said to be a pre-production concept that’s not quite wearing the full production trim.

According to a recent BMWBlog report, BMW will unveil an i4 concept. It’s said that it won’t be in complete production guise, but most of the major panel designs and overall dimensions and proportions are set to mimic those on the upcoming showroom model.

As we already know, the i4 will be a fully electric four-door sedan/coupe-style vehicle, taking the shape of a 4 Series Gran Coupe in some respects. Prototypes reveal clean body lines, a low-profile roof, and swooping C-pillar for an elegant look.

Underneath, BMW has confirmed a fifth-generation eDrive electric powertrain. The battery capacity will be around 80kWh, with a full-charge driving range of about 600km, BMW has confirmed. It will also supply an output of 390kW to the wheels, with a 0-100km/h time in “around 4.0 seconds”.

When it comes time to recharge, the system is set to offer around 100km of range in about 6 minutes on a 150kW charging system. BMW has also said it will be capable of recharging from 0 to 80 per cent in around 35 minutes, which is very impressive at the current EV standards.

Dynamic Display Ad(Long Version)

Being a BMW we’re expecting plenty of that feel-good drive character, with well-sorted steering and suspension. Meanwhile, the interior will probably showcase the latest 7.0 operating system with iDrive control, however, there could be a number of unique EV-like frills to distinguish the i4 over a regular 4 Series.

If the report is correct, we’ll see and hear more details at the Geneva show. It opens to media on March 3.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.