BMW Malaysia surprised everyone at the NEXTGen Malaysia event today by bringing out the fully-electric i4 Gran Coupe in metal for the first time in the country. So naturally, we couldn’t resist but to get up close and personal with it to bring you some live photos.
Order books for the car is still not open yet, so we don’t know how much it’ll cost, but the company did release some preliminary info for us to pore over in anticipation!
As the name suggests, the i4 Gran Coupe is essentially the fully-electric version of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe – and thus it looks nearly identical to its fossil fuel-powered twin.
However, there are still several exclusive exterior touches to differentiate it from the 4-er, such as the partially shuttered-off kidney grille (with an indented gloss black panel), unique rear bumper with massive diffuser elements, as well as the blue accents around the BMW emblems, front grille, and rear bumpers. Obviously, there aren’t any exhaust tips here too.
Here in Malaysia, the upcoming i4 Gran Coupe will come – at the very least – with standard equipments such as the M Sport exterior package, BMW Laser Light headlights with LED daytime-running lights, as well as a pretty sweet-looking set of 20-inch BMW Individual alloy wheels, hiding the M Sport brakes with blue callipers.
Moving inside, the design once again mostly mirrors that of the 4 Series – except for one key update. The BMW i4 Gran Coupe is equipped as standard with the BMW iDrive 8 infotainment system, which presents itself as a single curved panel above the dashboard housing the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment display.
The area surrounding the central air vents have also been reworked, with the air conditioning controls being moved into the infotainment system itself. Meanwhile, the bank of shortcut buttons for the infotainment system have also been replaced by new haptic touch buttons for the hazard lights and window defrosters.
As for standard equipment on the interior, the brief press release mentions a head-up display, alongside the three-zone climate control and a panoramic sunroof.
According to BMW Malaysia’s press release, the all-new i4 Gran Coupe will be offered solely in the eDrive40 guise, which packs BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive powertrain consisting of a single electric motor at the rear axle, paired to an 80.7 kWh modular battery pack.
Output is rated at 340 hp and 430 Nm of torque, which translates to a century sprint time of 5.7 seconds, onward to a top speed of 190 km/h. With such a sizeable battery, the i4 eDrive40 also boasts a pretty respectable driving range of 590 km based on the WLTP test cycle.
With a standard 11kW AC wall box, topping off the battery pack from empty takes approximately 8.5 hours. If you manage to find a 200kW DC fast charger around, it’ll take you just 31 minutes to charge from 10-80%.
Pricing information isn’t available yet, but we do know that – just like all other BMW i models – it’ll come with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service programme, alongside an eight-year/160,000 km battery warranty.
The all-new BMW i4 Gran Coupe should be launched here in Malaysia very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!