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Covering comfortable everyday driving to sporting prowessBy Ahn Ju-hee
Published : March 22, 2022 - 15:40
The i4 model, revealed in March 2021, is BMW‘s first four-door all-electric Gran Coupe. It brings together the sporting elegance that characterizes BMW coupes and the comfort and functionality of a four-door model.
Specifically, the slim headlights and vertical kidney grille -- the “nostrils” -- give off a daring aura, while the short overhangs, doors with frameless window, and a flowing roofline create a sleek, elegant profile.
The body design underlines the sporting character of the i4 saloon. The stiffness of the body structure, lightweight construction, and a drag coefficient of only 0.24 Cd ensure driving stability in all road and weather conditions. The model also delivers a front-rear weight distribution close to 50/50 and a center of gravity 53mm lower than a 3 Series saloon, allowing for intricate cornering performance. The rear suspension comes with air springs, providing a smooth ride for long-distance trips.
BMW is offering two model variants: the i4 eDrive40 and i4 M50. Notably M50, the first ever all-electric M-car, has performance-enhancing features like the Adaptive M Suspension and the M Sport brake.
BMW’s “Project i” is a program to develop eco-friendly electric cars anchored in a vision for sustainable, premium mobility. Since releasing its first model i3, followed by its flagship model iX and the sportier version iX3, the carmaker aims to realize circular economy in developing a new generation of automobiles under the i-brand. Such efforts include using renewables like wind power, hydropower, and solar heat as source of energy in the production process, as well as expanding the use of recycled materials and developing eco-friendly, alternative substances.
BMW has ambitions to, by 2030, cut carbon emissions across the life cycle of its vehicles by at least 40 percent from 2019 levels, and to increase sales of electrified vehicles by 50 percent versus 2020.
By Ahn Ju-hee (email@example.com)
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