2020 BMW 4 Series GT Electric will take on Tesla Model 3

4-Series, News | May 12th, 2017 by 33
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Yet another coupe, or Gran Coupe to be more specific, is on its way out. The current BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will be the …

Yet another coupe, or Gran Coupe to be more specific, is on its way out. The current BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will be the last, as the next-generation 4 Series will come in Coupe and GT flavors, much like the next-gen 6 Series. But that isn’t the big news about the next-gen 4 Series GT, the big news is that it will gain a fully electric variant to help BMW contend with the upcoming Tesla Model 3.

According to a report from Autocar, BMW is currently in the works on a 4 Series GT Electric that will make its debut in 2020 and directly compete with the Model 3. In the report, the 4 Series GT Electric will be one of three different powertrain setups in the upcoming 4 Series GT model line. There will be a traditional petrol engine, a plug-in hybrid powertrain and a fully electric model. What’s interesting is just how BMW proposes creating the electric powertrain.

Apparently, BMW is looking into two different powertrain setups. One of which will be an all-wheel drive setup that’s similar to what we’ve already seen from BMW, Tesla and others. It would incorporate an electric motor at the front axle to drive the front wheels and an electric motor at the rear axle to drive the rear wheels in true torque-vectoring fashion. However, the other idea is to almost mimic a traditional BMW powertrain setup by putting the electric motor up front but sending the power through a fixed-ratio gearbox and an electric propeller shaft (basically a driveshaft) to send power to the rear wheels. This would allow the car to have a similar weight balance to traditional BMWs and make it feel every bit as sporty as the standard 3/4 Series. Though, adding a driveshaft to the mix would decrease efficiency.

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Tesla Model 3

BMW is also targeting around a 311 mile range for the 4 Series GT Electric, something that can be done right now with about a 90 kWh battery but could apparently drop down to around 70 kWh with newer high-density batteries and better cooling. Either way, it’s completely realistic for that range number to be met by 2020, as Tesla is targeting it now for the Model 3.

Based on the upcoming G20 BMW 3 Series, the 4 Series GT Electric will be a sort of coupe-like Gran Turismo variant, similar to what BMW is planning for the 6 Series. So it will have a hatchback body style but be sportier and more attractive looking than the ungainly styles of the 3 Series and 5 Series GTs. This will allow BMW to market it more as an everyday family sports car and further utilize the added practicality of an electric drivetrain’s lack of mechanical gubbins.

According to the Autocar report, BMW CEO Harald Kruger sees this car as key to the future success of BMW in the electric world. Not only will it help round out the brand’s EV profile by giving it something more attractive than the typical suite of electric hatchbacks and SUVs, but it will directly compete with its most dangerous competitor — the Tesla Model 3. BMW’s target goal of 2020 seems a bit far off but Tesla doesn’t necessarily seem ready to launch the Model 3 in 2018 like originally anticipated. So it’s possible BMW could launch this at the same time as the Model 3 and really make things interesting.

[Source: Autocar]

33 responses to “2020 BMW 4 Series GT Electric will take on Tesla Model 3”

  1. Thaal Rasha says:

    i hope the render is far from the final result… looks absolutely hideous

  2. Fritz says:

    GC > GT

  3. Kaisuke971 says:

    Why not make it electric but these GTs man i don’t know… The 6GT mules still look bloated

  4. Chris L says:

    The source Autocar story sounds like fake news, full of bizarre claims. It describes the 4 series GT electric as a 5-door (your illustration is a 2-door). The idea of putting the the electric motor in front driving the rear wheels is baffling, as the size and weight of the motor are not significant compared to the battery, so even with a rear motor, rear drive car, you could get any weight distribution you wanted. Certainly BMW knows this (i3). Two-motor AWD EV solutions are neither complex nor expensive, as the Autocar article alleges (while comparable ICE systems are). The source for the Autocar has to be suspect (at best).

  5. Chris Llana says:

    The statement that “BMW’s target goal of 2020 seems a bit far off but Tesla doesn’t
    necessarily seem ready to launch the Model 3 in 2018 like originally
    anticipated. So it’s possible BMW could launch this at the same time as
    the Model 3” is totally absurd. Tesla’s Q1 financials letter, released May 3, says the Model 3 is “on track for initial production in July.” That’s two months from now, and clearly not in the 2020 timeframe.

    The letter further reports:

    “Model 3 vehicle development is nearly complete as we approach the start of production. Release Candidate vehicles, built using
    production-intent tooling and processes, are being tested to assess fit and finish, to support vehicle software development and
    to ensure a smooth and predictable homologation process. Road testing is also underway to refine driving dynamics and ensure
    vehicle durability.”

    So yes, BMW’s target goal of 2020 does seem a bit far off, if any of the Autocar story is to be believed.

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    • Kaisuke971 says:

      It’s not that far off, the Alfa Romeo Giulia came out 3 years after the 3 Series and it didn’t seem like that big of a deal for the journalists and the public. 2 years of difference is not massive in the automotive world…

      It’d be if we’re talking smartphones for example where models stay fresh for like a year but cars get their refresh usually 3-4 years in, like the model S for example ( the car came in 2012, facelifted in 2016).

      New gens are usually 6-10 years from the launch of the previous models, 2-3 years isn’t that big of a deal.

  6. Johan Mo says:

    Oh yes, now we’re talking. But please do a complete refresh of the typical dull BMW interior.

    • Adonis Price says:

      That is my main issue with BMW. Their interiors feel like they’ve been basically the same for three or four generations now. My first car was an 08 3 series, and though I like how their design language has evolved their interiors don’t really entice me nowadays.

  7. ctuna says:

    What do you bet It costs 2 to 3 time as much as a Tesla.
    What will they do about a gigafactory equivalent..

  8. Marcos says:

    It’s look like a Peugeot.

  9. Gary Moore says:

    LMFAO

  10. Eddie says:

    Having owned many $200,000 exotics and my recent purchase of a Model X, I will never own another ICE. Just the convenience of filling up at home(no more dirty gas stations), super high tech vehicle(like the first iPhone with internet), it does everything and more with additive full torque at any speed. The more EV’s the better.

    • maxnix says:

      The first three iPhoneys were so far behind what the contemporary MS phones were doing there was no comparison. Steve Jobs was the P. T. Barnum of the digital age and knew how to sell polished turds to suckers.

      • Eddie says:

        I thought we were talking about EV’s. I was just trying to make a simple comparison. Tesla started the EV revolution just like Apple is the home/now car entertainment king. If you bought $10,000 worth of stock in Apple 10 years ago you would have $119,000. I love the stock market!

        • Eddie says:

          Tesla is still light years ahead of the competition. That is why he opened his patents. Musk also started the space revolution with Space X. A foreign immigrant who started small USA Companies and is sharing the American Dream. He is a true humanitarian!

          • Eddie says:

            I bought Tesla at $125/share, now $300. I hope Space X we be an IPO soon! His Energy company is taking off.( he wants to be known as the battery guy). Apple and google have had discussions with Musk because of the billions of miles worth of data all his cars are gathering as well as car to car communications. Google could make more precise navigation, advertisers can make more money and of course data for autonomous driving. The military is also taking note. The above data is worth billions not the cars!

  11. Crux says:

    Less BEV the better. I understand the keeping up with the joneses strategy though.

    #PetrolPower #DieselPower

  12. jason bourne says:

    Yeech… Is that the best BMW can do?

  13. Bradley Shammam says:

    A) 3 years away… tesla will easily have two years on bmw, likely quadrupled charging network, new model s, and likely some other insanely car redefining feats.

    B) the Model 3 _is_ coming out this year, not 2020. So things won’t be that interesting.

    C) a fully electric BMW sports car which will consume some crazy amount of electrons and take forever to charge compared to a tesla which can be supercharged on tesla own private charging network. I guess some people would be okay with this.

    • CCS can charge as fast as Supercharger (up to 150kW vs. up to 140kW) and has designs in the pipeline that will allow even faster charging – up to 350kW. The big 3 German car makers plan to build a network of 350kW CCS chargers across Europe. There are more CCS chargers than Superchargers in Europe and they are built at a far faster rate. And even more Type2 chargers for top-ups while shopping or eating. 90 kWh BMW will take the same time to charge as a 90 kWh Tesla. Also Tesla Model S is really huge and heavy compared to other electric cars and use quite a lot of kWh/100km, so there are ways to do better there.

      That said, I hope there is a huge and very competitive electric car market by 2020 :)

      • Brad says:

        CCS today is 50 kW. New standard is 350 kW. Go check out Elon’s tweet 6-9 months ago, he said 350 kW was “child’s play”

        Here’s the thing, today vs planned. Tesla is today, everything else is planned.

  14. Michael54321 says:

    German garbage.

  15. Sander says:

    “BMW is also targeting around a 311 mile range for the 4 Series GT
    Electric, something that can be done right now with about a 90 kWh
    battery but could apparently drop down to around 70 kWh with newer
    high-density batteries and better cooling.”

    High-density or better cooling will not make a 70kWh battery capable of providing the range of a 90kWh battery.

    • danwat1234 says:

      Unless the car’s body goes from steel to aluminum along with KG/KWh goes down quite a bit and a few % from inverter efficiency & charging improvements. But otherwise I agree the article’s statement isn’t correct.
      Better cooling… inverter (variable speed) AC compressor tech is already efficient in cars.

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