BMW is currently working on a mid-cycle update for its 4-Series range, and a prototype for the upcoming i4 electric hatchback variant has been recently spotted. The current 4-Series was introduced as a coupe for the 2021 model year, and the i4 option was added for 2022. It is expected that the updated range, including the i4, will be introduced as 2025 models next year.
The latest prototype of the i4 was captured near a BMW test center in Germany. From the camouflage gear, it is evident that the car will feature refreshed front and rear ends, as well as new designs for the internals of the lights. However, one design element that remains unchanged is the massive and controversial kidney grille, which is fully sealed on the i4 to enhance aerodynamic efficiency.
Unfortunately, the images of the interior were not available as the test drivers ensured that the dashboard remained covered. This suggests that there will be some tweaks and updates to the interior design. It is also expected that the i4 will come equipped with the latest version of the BMW iDrive infotainment system, which will be rolling out from November. This new version of the iDrive system makes it easier for users to select popular functions by arranging them on a single level, allowing for quick and easy access.
As for the powertrain options, it is still unclear what BMW has planned for the updated i4. Since the i4 was just introduced in 2022, major updates to the powertrains are unlikely. Currently, in the U.S., the i4 is offered in three different grades: eDrive35, eDrive40, and M50. The eDrive35 comes with a single motor at the rear rated at 218 hp and a 70.2-kWh battery that provides an EPA-rated range of up to 256 miles. The eDrive40 is equipped with a single rear motor rated at 335 hp, and the M50 features a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup with a power rating of 536 hp. Both the eDrive40 and M50 come with an 83.9-kWh battery, providing an EPA-rated range of up to 301 miles and 271 miles, respectively.
The production of the i4 is handled at BMW’s plant in Munich, Germany, where the company ensures the highest quality and precision for all its vehicles.
In addition to the i4, other members of the 4-Series lineup are also being tested in their updated form. These include the 4-Series coupe, convertible, Gran Coupe, and the M4 coupe. There are even rumors circulating about the possibility of a hardcore M4 CS being launched as part of the update, providing enthusiasts with even more performance and excitement.
Overall, BMW’s mid-cycle update for the 4-Series range, particularly the i4 variant, is highly anticipated. With refreshed exterior designs, possible interior updates, and the latest technology advancements, the 2025 models are expected to offer an even more exciting and enjoyable driving experience. Fans of BMW and electric vehicles will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on the progress of the i4 and eagerly awaiting its official release.