BMW's range of electrified vehicles will soon welcome another member, with the i4 today confirmed for a 2021 launch.
Speaking from the BMW stand at the Paris motor show, company chairman Harald Krüger confirmed the i4 would go into production from 2021, saying the "i" range would grow to four models. That would see the current i8 and i3 joined by the i4 and the upcoming iX3 SUV.
"It is my pleasure to announce that the BMW i4 will also be arriving in 2021," Krüger said. "That means, in 2021 we will have four fully electric core models. This underlines our strong commitment to future mobility."
The i4 is a 3 Series-sized gran coupe previewed by the i Vision Dynamics concept revealed in Frankfurt in 2017. And while it's finally got a launch date, it won't be lonely in the line-up, with BMW bosses promising 25 electrified vehicles by 2025, with 12 of those to be pure EVs.
Likened to the way M Division works on existing product, BMW board member and product development chief Klaus Fröhlich says most of that number will be made up of electrified versions of the regular line-up. But there will always be room for halo products.
"There will be an i4, fully electric in 2021, which is the size of a 3 Series," he says.
"In 2025 we have 25 electrified vehicles, at least 12 of them will be fully electric. There will be an i3, there will be an i4, and if you look closely at the iNext project, you will see, for that project, I was prepared to do a very special car.
"There will always be pinnacle cars at BMW i, where we invest heavily in a solitary approach. but most of the I cars, like most of the M cars, will be derived from existing cars."
The iNext, revealed last year in concept from, was billed as BMW's vision for the future of motoring; an autonomous, electric and fully connected SUV that's scheduled for production in 2021.
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