Will the all-electric BMW 4-Series GT be a real rival for the Tesla Model S?

Article by Christian A., on May 23, 2017

There are already rumors suggesting that the next generation BMW 5-Series GT is expected to be joining the 6-Series range. The latest reports instead tell us that that 3-Series GT will also be transitioning to the next level. Are any of these true?

Autocar reported earlier that this is actually what BMW has in store for the upcoming 3-Series GT. It should be noted though that the current 3-Series line has had its mid-cycle refresh only recently. In that case, the 4-Series GT or what is believed to be its new successor may be way too far ahead.

If ever, the new member of the 4-Series family should arrive sometime in 2019 as a 2020 year model. According to the insider, BMW by that time should come out with better-performing EVs and it only makes sense if they will be offering an electric version of this as well. At the very least, BMW is expected to come out with an electric X3 within the next three years.

The supposed 4 Series GT electric version is likely the closest rival for the Tesla Model 3 in the coming years. This should be capable of at least 311 miles of range between charging. At any rate, it will require at least a 90kWh lithium ion battery pack to be able to achieve 500km.

In addition, the Bavarian automaker is said to be hoping that its all-electric 4 Series GT should be as impressive as the current BMW 313 hp 335d xDrive’s performance. That way we can also anticipate the same 4.0-second quick acceleration with almost the same top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 km/h). Still, would this be enough to take on the Tesla Model S?

It was reported as well that the supposed “coming” of the 4 Series GT might mean the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe’s glorious days may soon be over. BMW allegedly made a decision to axe the 4 Series GC for not having met their sales expectations. We don't think this is the case since the 4 Series GC is actually the most saleable model in this lineup. The same model was behind BMW’s recent global sales accounting to 54%.

It would be very hard to swallow if BMW will actually get rid of the 4 Series Gran Coupe, considering it is one of the most attractive BMW models in the market. We also find it more sensible to have the 4 Series GC instead of say, the 3 Series sedan due to its obviously larger cargo space.

It would be worth noting that BMW hasn’t confirmed anything about this latest “insider report”. There can only be truth to this once the new 6 Series Gran Turismo actually changes the course of the 6 Series Gran Coupe. Let's wait and see.

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