Word has it BMW may be planning to bring a new electric vehicle concept to the Los Angeles Auto Show. A report in the French magazine l'Automobile suggests the German manufacturer will show up with a sportier version of the i3. BMW has made big waves about shifting its naming structure to brand coupes, convertibles and sports cars with even-number designations, leaving odd digits for base models and hatchbacks. That means the concept could theoretically wear an i4 badge if and when it rolls across the stage. The report suggests the i4 will offer buyers a lower, more attractive roofline and come with a steeper price tag if it makes production.

Both the i3 and the i4 will presumably make use of the same carbon-reinforced plastic chassis, and odds are the sportier variant will benefit from the same 170-horsepower electric motor found in the five-door. Expect more details as we get closer to the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month.


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      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      So when could this be on sales floors in the USA? 2017? Later?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
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      k.naz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just one of those cars automakers tease us with, yet never bring them into production. If they do, they always, to an extent manage to screw them up.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @k.naz
        I predict it will be a standard 3/4-series with a half-a$$ electric drivetrain.
          k.naz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @The Wasp
          And to make it even better, because BMW is such an amazing automaker and feels the necessity, it'll throw in an I3 engine, because it just knows that it will be reliable and its clients will be happy paying the bills. /S
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had to read this several times to figure out what kind of car they're referring to -- is there a rule against using the word 'sedan' nowadays? Did I miss something where now the term 'base model' is synonymous with 'sedan'? Is anyone else thinking that eventually the i3/i4 will be outed as electric versions of the normal 3/4-series car (with blue grille trim)?
        MTN RANGER
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        Looking at the concept cars and spy photos, the i3 is similar in size to the 1 series. I would love it to be a bit bigger than a city car. I guess I'll wait for the i5.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      lad
      • 2 Years Ago
      What you see is a "cover your butt" car to meet California Zero Emissions; nothing more and nothing to get excited about. BMW has announced no plans to really build the car unless it's for minimum road testing.
        purrpullberra
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lad
        They've built 2 different factories for the 'I' series. One is all about the manufacturing of carbon fiber and the other is more focused on production of the cars, or at least the sub-assemblies that attach to the carbon fiber tub/structure. They've spent over $1billion on it, they are going to build SOME cars at least. But it isn't just a compliance car project.
      Foolonthehill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the extended range bicycle racked in the back.
      purrpullberra
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd love to get a i3 but the Tesla modelS is so much more car for a little more money. And American.
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