What to expect from the all new 2025 BMW I4

We're currently living in a time where you see more entry-level 'luxury' cars on the road than ever before, with premium cars coming from Germany, Korea, Japan, the USA, the UK, France (if you're not American), and most recently China.
The BMW I4
The BMW I4 / Anadolu/GettyImages

All of these countries produce good entry-level luxury cars, and specifically, they all make good electric cars. However today we're going to be looking at BMW's all-new i4 which is set to launch next week.


Here's an unpopular opinion- BMW's massive, controversial grille design has grown on me, I think it does a great job of making the M4 (and 440i) look aggressive and muscular. At first, I hated it, the same as everyone else but over time it's grown on me. However the BMW I4 doesn't need a grille, never mind one that could fit a small child inside. So, will *the* grille be making a comeback for the generation of I4?

Blue BMW i4 front view
BMW I4's controversial grille / Anadolu/GettyImages

The short answer is yes. From all the camouflaged photos BMW have been proudly parading around with that massive snooter at the front of the new I4, unfortunately. From renders, and the spy shots, it doesn't look like a huge amount is going to change style-wise on the BMW's latest offering and that's a net positive. The current I4 is a good-looking, slightly boring car and in this age of Teslas designed with edges sharper than knives, and grey SUVs clogging up every street, it's nice that a good-looking, sleek, well-designed car still exists.


This is what you will have come here for, and BMW will deliver. The newest I4 is expected to improve on its current 300 mile range, which keeps the i4 as a very viable option compared to the Tesla Model 3 dual motor long range, which gives you a range of 337 miles.

Blue BMW I4 at the 100th European Motor Show
The BMW I4 has impressive range / Sjoerd van der Wal/GettyImages

Adding to battery endurance, the performance version of the I4 will more than likely surpass its predecessor for power and torque too. The current M50 I4 is capable of putting out around 536 cyber horses and 538 lb/ft of electric torque- Helping it fly to 60 in under 4 seconds, topping out at 130 miles per hour. That's less than my Peugeot 208 GTI, I just thought I'd slip that in there.


From the spy shots it looks like the new I4 will be getting a steering wheel similar to Audi (or the Peugeot 208 GTI), with a flat underside. From experience, on longer drives it makes sense too, ergonomically a flat bottom steering wheel is much more comfortable when your hands are in one position for a long time.

Furthermore, it's expected BMW will update the infotainment system in the new I4, upgrading to the latest iDrive 8.5 user interface. To add to this it's heavily rumored that the I4 will take on more eco-friendly materials to make up the interior.

For now that is about all we know about the 2025 BMW I4, and that's all we will know until BMW unveil their newest electric model in China on the 24th of April.