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BMW's latest i4 electric concept takes shape

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BMW i4 electric

BMW i4 electric

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BMW i4 electric

These are latest pictures of BMW's i4 electric 4dr concept - due for production next year.

It has a claimed range of 600km, serious power (up to 530hp) and manages a nippy 0-100kmh of four seconds.

The design language, inside and out, will set the signature tone for future electric vehicles, according to the German marque.

The 4dr has a much larger interior than the proportions suggest, it says.

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The huge kidney grille is blanked off because, obviously, it isn't needed to help cool an internal combustion engine any more - but it houses a variety of sensors.

This is the first time BMW has unveiled the brand's new look for future models in this sector.

Inside, the new so-called Curved Display will make it to production versions of the iNEXT and i4.

Virtually all the car's operating functions, including the climate control, are integrated into that display in an attempt to minimise the number of controls. There are three 'experience modes' (Core, Sport and Efficient) within the display; they hint at the sort of visuals in operating system for BMWs from 2021.

A central control panel replaces the traditional gear lever.

The electric motor, power electronics, charging unit and high-voltage battery are all new. Incidentally the 530hp output is similar to the current BMW V8 combustion engine.

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