Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

This Is BMW's Tesla Model 3 Fighter, Coming Next Year

By John Rosevear - Mar 3, 2020 at 10:17AM

You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s Premium Investing Services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn More

The all-new BMW i4 will be aimed directly at Tesla’s compact sedan

German automaker BMW AG (BMWYY 0.35%) (BAMXF -1.29%) has revealed a near-final version of its upcoming i4, a compact sedan set to challenge the Tesla (TSLA 1.24%) Model 3 starting next year.

BMW said that the production version of the Concept i4, a sleek four-door that BMW is calling a "Gran Coupe," will incorporate what BMW calls its "fifth-generation" electric drivetrain system, providing power comparable to the company's current V-8 engines, but with instantaneous response. 

The BMW Concept i4, a sleek four-door electric luxury sports sedan.

BMW's Concept i4 is a preview of a new electric sedan coming in 2021. Image source: BMW AG.

The system is centered on an 80 kilowatt-hour battery pack and an all-new electric motor. BMW said that the system will give the production version of the i4 up to 530 horsepower and range up to 600 kilometers (372 miles) on the European WLTP standard. (U.S. EPA range ratings for electric vehicles tend to be somewhat lower than WLTP results.) 

The Concept i4's design incorporates futuristic touches, including active aerodynamic aids intended to help maximize battery range, as well as a curved dashboard display made with non-reflective glass. 

A view of the Concept i4's interior from the back seat, showing the curved glass dashboard and large sunroof.

BMW executives said that the i4's futuristic interior is intended to be practical. Image source: BMW AG.

Most of those futuristic features will carry over to the production car. But BMW executives emphasized that the i4 is meant to be a practical daily driver, with a roomy interior enabled by the compact electric drivetrain. 

Production of the i4 will begin next year at BMW's main factory in Munich, on an assembly line shared with internal-combustion and hybrid models. BMW said it is investing about 200 million euros ($222.4 million) to prepare the factory for electric-vehicle production. 

Invest Smarter with The Motley Fool

Join Over 1 Million Premium Members Receiving…

  • New Stock Picks Each Month
  • Detailed Analysis of Companies
  • Model Portfolios
  • Live Streaming During Market Hours
  • And Much More
Get Started Now

Stocks Mentioned

Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft Stock Quote
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
BAMXF
$77.24 (-1.29%) $-1.01
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft Stock Quote
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
BMWYY
$25.88 (0.35%) $0.09
Tesla, Inc. Stock Quote
Tesla, Inc.
TSLA
$681.79 (1.24%) $8.37

*Average returns of all recommendations since inception. Cost basis and return based on previous market day close.

Related Articles

Motley Fool Returns

Motley Fool Stock Advisor

Market-beating stocks from our award-winning analyst team.

Stock Advisor Returns
316%
 
S&P 500 Returns
112%

Calculated by average return of all stock recommendations since inception of the Stock Advisor service in February of 2002. Returns as of 07/04/2022.

Discounted offers are only available to new members. Stock Advisor list price is $199 per year.

Premium Investing Services

Invest better with The Motley Fool. Get stock recommendations, portfolio guidance, and more from The Motley Fool's premium services.