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Fresh BMW Concept i4 champions electric driving, grand touring

The BMW Concept i4will evolve to become the new i4 electric sedan.

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With a giant buck-toothed grille and all-electric powertrain, the BMW Concept i4 made its debut this week showing off what a future BMW i4 will look like. BMW has already said that the i4 will enter production in 2021. When it does so, it will be BMW's first luxury midsize electric vehicle (EV).

The thoroughly modern grand tourer has a strong stance and questionable fascia choices. It features a long wheelbase and the type of fastback roofline that makes German automakers keen to call it a "coupe" despite the fact that it has four doors. Its midsize proportions are similar to the current BMW 5 Series.

BMW Concept i4

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Its enormous grille no longer serves a cooling purpose but rather houses technology required to keep the car on the road. The Concept i4 is shown in a Frozen Light Copper paint job.

At the rear, there are long, L-shaped taillights and vertical air intakes. Because it is an EV, there are no tailpipes.

Throughout the exterior there are blue tinted design elements that are common on modern vehicles denoting their electrified powertrain. It has unique wheels that were designed just for the concept.

The four-door tourer has an EPA-estimated range for 270 miles, is able to achieve 530 horsepower, and can get from zero tp 62 mph in 4.0 seconds. BMW says that its top speed is in excess of 124 mph. Its battery weighs roughly 550 kilograms and has an energy content of around 80 kWh.

There are three drive modes: Core, Sport, and Efficient. BMW says that these modes give a hint at what is to come in the i4.

BMW has orientated the cabin of the Concept i4 for the driver. A new BMW Curved Display pairs with the steering wheel and features technology that promises to make infotainment tech functionality more intuitive. Like the Cadillac curved OLED screen, the Concept i4's display is non-reflective and does not require a shroud.

There are almost no buttons on the minimalistic center stack. Nearly every operation relies on touch control, including the functionality of a traditional shifter. Gold Bronze accent strips finish off the interior with a high level of sophistication.

BMW highlights the large amount of head- and legroom in the midsize model. BMW has equipped the model with sport seats in the front and rear.

Look for the true version of the BMW Concept i4 will likely be revealed later this year or early next.

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GM outlines huge investment in new EV production

The $7 billion number is GM's largest single investment to date.

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Automakers are not shy about their plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. In fact, it's just the opposite, as most can't wait to release a media kit that sings the virtues of moving toward electrification and outlines their commitments to investing billions to make the move a reality. General Motors has been more active than most, building new facilities and revamping existing factories to handle new-age EV manufacturing. Today, the auto giant announced a further investment to build a new plant and overhaul the Orion Township facility in Michigan. The move creates thousands of jobs and positions GM as an early powerhouse in the EV race.

GM EV investment. GM says its new and existing facilities will create and retain thousands of jobs.General Motors

The $7 billion investment is slated for four Michigan manufacturing facilities. GM says the move will create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000 existing positions, and notes that the amount represents the single largest investment in company history. A new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing is part of the deal, along with the conversion of the GM assembly planting Orion Township. Orion will eventually house production of the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra, making it the second of GM's facilities dedicated to building electric pickup trucks.

The Orion and Ultium Cells Lansing facilities will help GM boost its total full-size electric truck production to 600,000 units per year when both Factory Zero and Orion are in full swing. Though Ford sells more full-size trucks than Chevy or GMC individually, GM notes that the two combined move more trucks per year than The Blue Oval. The two plants join General Motors' existing EV-ready facilities that include Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck, Spring Hill Assemble in Tennessee, CAMI in Ontario, and the Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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