Teased: BMW i4 Gran Coupe concept set for Geneva debut

BMW will unveil its first pure electric Gran Coupe on 3 March 2020 when it reveals its i4 concept vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show, heralding a new era in sheer driving pleasure.

The i4 provides a new take on the dynamic excellence for which BMW is renowned and blends a modern, elegantly sporty design with the spaciousness and practicality of a four-door Gran Coupe, all while generating zero local emissions.

“The BMW Concept i4 brings electrification to the core of the BMW brand,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior VP at BMW Group Design. “The design is dynamic, clean and elegant. In short: a perfect BMW that happens to be zero emission.”

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But fully electric motor vehicles are just the beginning of BMW’s Geneva experience, with a comprehensive expansion of its range of plug-in hybrid models also set to be presented, including additional variants for the BMW 3 Series.

By the end of 2021, BMW aims to have more than one million vehicles with electrified drive systems on the road. A quarter of the vehicles sold by BMW in Europe will be electrified by 2021.

This share will increase to a third by 2025 and to half by 2030. BMW plans to expand its range to include 25 electrified models by 2023, more than half of which will run on electric power alone.

Production of the all-electric BMW iX3 will begin before the end of 2020, followed by the BMW i4 and BMW iNEXT the following year.

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, BMW will also premiere the new M340d xDrive sedan and the touring wagon. Both will feature an in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine with an output of 250kW, with a mild hybrid system featuring a 48-volt starter generator.

The launch of the two new BMW M models and the three additional plug-in hybrid offerings means that the number of engine variants available in the BMW 3 Series will increase to four petrol engines, four diesel engines and one plug-in hybrid.

In the case of the hybrid, the intelligently controlled interaction of a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, integrated with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission produces a system output of 185kW.

The new models; the BMW 330e touring, BMW 330e xDrive sedan and BMW 330e xDrive touring, will all be fitted with XtraBoost, which adds an additional 30kW up to 215kW for up to 10 seconds. The maximum system torque is 420Nm.

The agility and sporty flair of the driving experience is highlighted by a specific drive sound tuning, a direct yet precise accelerator pedal curve and a specific shift program for the transmission that includes brake downshifts.

The launch of two touring models with plug-in hybrid system takes into account the requirements of those customers who appreciate not only hallmark brand driving pleasure and ground-breaking efficiency, but also extended functionality.

Inside, the electrified touring models offer exactly the same level of interior comfort as the conventionally powered variants, with luggage space only slightly limited due to the high-voltage battery under the rear seat (410-litres with seats up and 1420-litres down).

Local pricing and availability will be announced closer to launch.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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