The i4 is basically a 4 Gran Coupé where they switched the ICE and fuell cell for an electric motor and battery. For the i4 eDrive 40 the single motor is between the back wheels (RWD), where the M50 is AWD and does have a second motor in the front. Electric motor's are quite small and require a lot less "powertrain components" so I would be very surprised if there was no room to add a (small) front trunk.Unlike many electric vehicles that get a frunk (front trunk), the i4 electric four-door coupe will not. Instead, BMW is using the space to store the electric motor, electronic controls and other powertrain components. Does it matter to you that there is no frunk?
Does it matter to me that they didn't include a frunk ? Yes, it does. We only own one car, so besides looking great and being fun to drive, unfortunately it also needs to be practical. Any additional storage solutions will always come in handy. Is it a deal breaker? No, obviously a front trunk is not that important. But it does feel lazy and rushed, not the premium well designed car you would expect at this price point. Even if it could only hold the charging cables, yes normally you put them in the trunk but when you are on holiday the trunk can be full so it would be nice to have a dedicated space for the cables.
For me there is a big difference with cars that were designed as electric-only cars (Tesla, Ioniq 5, ..) and cars that come in ICE variations as well (XC40, i4, iX3). Electric cars offer a lot more design freedom that can be used for more practical solutions. For example no drive tunnel is required, this way a flat floor is possible at the back seats, or more leg room for the driver/passenger, or some extra storage.
So why not get a Tesla 3 LR?I'm getting the i4 because of the performance and range.
Longer range, better performance, faster charging + tesla supercharger network