A rumor comes from French magazine L’Automobile claiming that a BMW i4 Concept will be shown at the Los Angeles auto show in late November.
Details are scant so far, but resident BMW insider Scott26 previously alluded
to both the upcoming i4 and i5 last year. The BMW i4 is said to be based off the i3 but will be a two seater i8-like sports car - a more affordable i8 for the masses, if you will. If true, the i4 would surely utilize the same carbon fiber construction and hybrid drivetrain as the i3.
The i3 will be powered by a newly developed powertrain consisting of a 134 horsepower electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries and driving the rear axle. The prototype presented at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show had a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is expected to deliver between 130 to 160 km (80 to 100 miles) and the battery will take about four hours to fully charge from the 240-volt charging unit. The i3 is expected to go from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in less than 8 seconds and 0 to 60 km/h in less than 4 seconds.