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2021 BMW i4 spied again

New EV edges closer to production spec, showing head- and tail-light designs along with more production bodywork.
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Photographers have snapped images of the upcoming BMW i4 electric vehicle with as thin a disguise as ever, ahead of a likely debut in late 2020 or early 2021.

Here we can see the production headlight units and LED daytime-running light signature, which really is no surprise given the close family ties with the latest 3 Series and upcoming 4 Series range.

It's believed the i4 will take on the form of a next-gen 4 Series Gran Coupe, though with model-specific appointments to distinguish it as an electric vehicle. Some of these design features should include a closed front grille, and the flush door handles you can see on this prototype.

The i4 is believed to be based on the same CLAR modular architecture underpinning not only the new 3 Series, but everything from the 5 Series and 7 Series to the X3/X5/X7 SUVs.

It's likely the i4 will be pitched as the all-electric alternative to combustion-powered 4 Series Gran Coupe variants, which should also include a plug-in hybrid model as well.

Key rivals will include the Tesla Model 3 at the lower end of the range and also the Tesla Model S at the pointy end. Several powertrain and battery options should be offered, with the flagship version offering up to 600 kilometres per charge.

The rumour mill speculates the i4 will be revealed sometime next year, contrary to previous reports the all-electric four-door wouldn't be revealed until 2021.

BMW has already indicated it plans to put the i4 on sale in 2021, one of 25 new electrified models the brand has committed to bringing to market by 2025.

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