When a vehicle is about to be launched, not only it’s interesting to see what features and specifications it will offer and how will it perform on the road, but also how will it compete with its rivals. When BMW reveals a vehicle, it often gives a headache to the rivals, will it be the same this time? Let’s find out.
Our main focus was on determining whether it can create trouble for the premium rivals. The i3 was the first electric BMW model and it was introduced in 2013. In these 7 years, more than 178,000 units have been sold worldwide, making it one of the bestselling electric cars ever.
Even though the electrification foundation was set by the i3 in 2023, it took the company seven years to build on that. In 2020 the iX3 was launched and you can say it started the second electrification phase for the brand. The company has also launched the i4 saloon and iX SUV. We have driven the i4 Salon prototype and now we get to drive the test model of the latter. This model will rival the Tesla Model X and Audi E-tron Quattro. If you are an auto newsreader, you might already know the background of this model.
It was first introduced at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in a concept car form. At that time it was called the vision iNext and it was termed as one of the best and most advanced electric models. It underpins the CLAR platform, but compared to i3, the platform is highly modified. It offers the same 5th generation drive system and a large battery.
The battery is capable of providing a range of over 343 miles. The vehicle is being developed at the brand factory in Germany along with the 5, 6, 7, and 8 series. The development process for the vehicle is almost the same as for the traditional BMW vehicles.