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BMW i4 concept heading to L.A. Auto Show - report

 BMW i4 concept heading to L.A. Auto Show - report
BMW i3 concept 29.07.2011

To cost $50,000.

A recent report is indicating that BMW plans on unveiling the i4 concept next month in Los Angeles.

French magazine L’Automobile is saying that BMW will bring a new “i” model to the L.A. Auto Show in November. This could be based on the i3 but envisioned as a sportier version with two seats and two doors. Just like the other two cars in this lineup, the i3 and i8, this new concept will adopt CFRP technology and is expected to have just about the same size as the i3.

Chances are that it will borrow i3's hybrid drivetrain consisting of a rear axle-mounted plug-in system with a compact electric motor. Necessary energy will be drawn from the battery for providing drive to rear wheels through a single-speed gearbox. Most likely it will be more powerful than the i3 which has 168 hp (125 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque.

When and if it will go into production, the BMW i4 is expected to cost somewhere around $50,000, before incentives.

Source: L'Automobile via bmwblog.com via greencarreports.com

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CDspeed
@WCF, the i3 is an electric car not a hybrid, though it can be fitted with an engine to become a plug-in hybrid.
Oct 31, 2012 7:33 am
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adrian.padeanu
You are right, it's an electric car. BMW said that it might also offer it with a 600cc twin-cylinder gasoline engine, which is why the report states that it might get a hybrid configuration. At this point these are only speculations.
Oct 31, 2012 7:42 am
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CDspeed
@ Adrian, yes the i3 is supposed to be offered as a pure electric car or with a two-cylinder generator. So it's both, electric or a plug-in hybrid it's up to the customer to choose unless BMW charges the details. As for the i4, I'd actually like to see the i4 turn out to be either a four seat convertible or a roadster.
Oct 31, 2012 9:09 am
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adrian.padeanu
Yep, you're right. We'll know what's what when BMW will actually offer these i cars...
Oct 31, 2012 9:24 am
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