Production of the i4 eDrive40 and i4 M50 is now underway at BMW's Munich facility.
"Pricewise, both versions of the i4 will land a bit north of the Model 3 as well as the Polestar 2—Volvo's own attempt to field a Model 3 competitor, and one that will also be available in single- and dual-motor versions. The midsize electric sedan segment is clearly getting some variety after being left almost entirely up to Tesla for a number of years.

"For the plant and team, the launch of the BMW i4 is a milestone on the road to electric mobility," said Milan Nedeljković, BMW AG board member for production. "By 2023 more than half of all vehicles from our Munich facility will have an electrified drive. The majority will be fully electric. So Munich goes fully electric."

The Munich plant that now produces the i4 is almost 100 years old, with the i4 joining the assembly line without requiring an extensive retrofit—almost 90% of the systems in the body shop were adapted to i4 production without extensive modifications. The model's battery pack is installed via a fully automated assembly system that attaches the battery from below the main floor level of the assembly line.

The plant itself also manufactures the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe, whose profile the i4 follows, as well as the BMW 3-Series and Touring, and the BMW M3.

"We succeeded in integrating the new vehicle into our existing systems without halting production. The team and our partners did an amazing job," said Peter Weber, director of BMW Group Plant Munich.

"Our bodyshop is a shining example of intelligent, efficient integration. Most of the new production processes for the BMW i4 can be carried out on the existing bodyshop systems," Weber added.

When it comes to battery-electric vehicles, the arrival of the i4 will be closely followed by the market debut of the iX, which will be just as important for BMW's EV lineup in the coming years. Unlike the i4, it's not based on any existing gasoline model—the iX has been designed as an EV from scratch."