Unconfirmed media sources are reporting that BMW will bring its i4 concept car to the 2012 LA Auto Show next month. Apparently, the new concept is based on the BMW i3, which made its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Virtually no specs for the i4 are known, but if the car indeed turns out to be a sportier version of its predecessor, then it could include the i3’s ultra-lightweight chassis, 170-hp motor, and a range-extender engine as well. Because the LA Auto Show is known for its technical emphasis, if BMW were to bring out a fresh concept car like the i4, this final show of 2012 would be an ideal venue.
The video clip below provides a basic interior and exterior look, as well as a ‘virtual test drive’ in a BMW i3 concept car, the vehicle upon which the upcoming i4 is to be based. A high-tech extravaganza, the i3, as we see in the clip, is outfitted with every connectivity feature imaginable. It is intended mainly for city travel, as will likely be the case with its offspring, the i4. Both cars are part of the company’s ‘Project i,’ which eventually will be its own brand, BMW i. The i3, which will offer a range-extender option, made its debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, while a prototype was on display at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
BMW created the i brand to promote environmental cars. After ‘Project i’ was begun in early 2011, BMW introduced the i3 and the i8, a battery-electric car and a plug-in hybrid, respectively. Concept models of each car were unveiled in 2011.
For the entire BMW lineup of vehicles, both production and concept, see the automaker’s official corporate website: