BMW i4 launched in 2 versions
BMW will initially offer its i4 electric sedan in two variants. Both the rear-wheel-drive model with a long-range and the sporty all-wheel-drive model with the M logo will use the same battery.
The BMW i4 eDrive 40 is the base model as of November 2021. He is 4,78 m long, 1,85 m wide, and 1,45 m high. An 83,9 kWh battery is installed in the underbody between the axles with a 2,86 m wheelbase, of which 80,7 kWh can be effectively used.
The power from the 400-volt battery system is used by a 250 kW electric motor driving the rear axle. The maximum torque is 430 Nm, the acceleration from standstill to 100 kph is 5,7 seconds. The top speed is limited to 190 kph.
First electric M
Besides the 40 version, BMW will offer the i4 M50 as the first electric car with an M logo. The same 80,7 kWh battery is also installed here, but two motors are used. The electric motor on the rear axle produces 230 kW here, and the second electric motor on the front axle produces 190 kW.
Together, this results in a system output of 400 kW and 795 Nm of torque, only available in ‘Sport Boost Mode’. In the other ‘Comfort’, ‘Standard’ and ‘Sport’ modes, it is 350 kW. The standard sprint to 100 kph is possible in 3,9 seconds.
BMW says that the standard range for the i4 eDrive 40 is 590 kilometers; for the M50, it is 510 kilometers, both figures according to WLTP.
The M version differs not only in terms of the drive; the chassis has also been adapted, with a wider track at the front and rear and air suspension on the rear axle. BMW says it has achieved a “unique overall vehicle harmony in the competitive environment through the integrated application of all drive and chassis components with the decades of know-how of an established manufacturer of particularly sporty premium cars”.
Tesla and even Porsche chaser?
The “brand-typical driving dynamics that go far beyond rapid straight-line acceleration” are combined with “superior long-distance comfort”. Many are already looking forward to the first comparisons with the Tesla Model 3 Performance and other electric sedans in this performance class. Porsche, for example, is also working on a smaller electric sedan below the Taycan and Macan SUV.
BMW specifies a maximum towing capacity of 1 600 kilograms for the i4. The loadspace holds between 470 and 1,290 liters. The unladen weight of the base model is two tonnes, the payload 555 kilograms.
BMW hasn’t mentioned prices for the i4 in the EU yet but has enumerated some standard equipment. These include a factory-fitted electrically opening and closing tailgate, acoustic glazing, auxiliary heating, and air conditioning, as well as sports seats.
In addition, there are to be customization options. BMW mentions, among other things, various leather trims, an ‘M Sport Package Pro’, a glass sliding sunroof, or headlights with laser light technology. There will also be an optional ‘M Carbon Exterior Package’.
In the USA, prices are already official and start at $ 55 400 for the eDrive 40 and $ 65 900 for M50. The market launch over there is expected in the first quarter of 2022.