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by Tim Beissmann

A concept of the BMW i4 is expected to be unveiled at next week’s Los Angeles auto show.

The German manufacturer last night confirmed it would reveal a new concept from its fledgling ‘BMW i’ plug-in family in LA on November 28 to join the i3 electric city car and i8 hybrid sports car (pictured below).

While BMW has given few hints, the show car is widely tipped to be the i4 concept, which is rumoured to be a compact sports coupe based on the i3.

The BMW i4 coupe has been the subject of speculation for some time, and was last year nominated by a known brand insider, who goes by the name of ‘Scott27’ on the BMW Blog forum, to be the next vehicle to join the i family.

An i4 coupe would fit with the naming structure of BMW’s mainstream range of petrol- and diesel-powered cars, where odd numbers are used to designate conventional sedans and wagons (e.g. 3 Series and 5 Series) and even numbers are reserved for coupes and convertibles (e.g. upcoming 4 Series and 6 Series).

BMW says the car unveiled in LA will be a “visionary concept vehicle” purpose-built from the ground up and constructed primarily from lightweight carbonfibre.

The new concept will appear at the show alongside the BMW i8 Concept Roadster, which is making its North American motor show debut.

The BMW i3 will pioneer the new i sub-brand in global showrooms from next year, and will be joined by the i8 in 2014.




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