In this paper, the predictive control strategy is employed to improve the current tracking performance of hub motor in 4WD electric vehicle due to its fast dynamic response. But the performance of the conventional predictive deadbeat current control suffers greatly from the parameter variations and other disturbances. Toward this, this paper presents a new predictive control strategy for hub motor; this control scheme combines an improved predictive control law with a state-observer to estimate the future motor currents and system disturbances based on a decoupled model. It provides a decoupled control of hub motor and offers stability against the variations in motor inductance and robustness against system uncertainties. The feasibility and validity of the proposed predictive current control strategy is verified through the simulation results.