With a goal of achieving a 50% share in the global EV market by 2030, the BMW i4, together with the BMW iX, is the latest step from the Munich-based car marque in the world of electric cars. The i4 will go on sale in the UK this November and will be available in Sport and M Sport trims.
The i4 is based on a modified version of the CLAR platform, which underpins the BMW 3 and 4 Series, and can accommodate battery packs of up to 80 kWh. This month, BMWBlog attended the world premiere of the i4, and follows is their first look at the electric car.
At first glance, the 2022 BMW i4 is quite similar to the new BMW 4 Series family. What immediately stands out is the XL-size two-piece kidney grille. That said, to ensure one doesn’t mistake this four-door coupe for an ICE model, BMW stylists have added a plethora of blue details similar to those on the iX3 and the iX. The rear-end, like the front, features some blue trim along with a rear diffuser. The i4 measures 4,783 mm in length, 1,852 mm in width, and 1,448 mm in height.
The biggest highlight of the new i4’s cabin has to be the huge infotainment screen. This widescreen display is even found on the iX, but it’s far more sophisticated than the usual affair you find on a 3- or a 4-series. It comprises a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument console and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen unit. It runs on the latest iDrive 8 OS and offers ‘Hey BMW’ voice activation features along with customizable menu options. There are no physical buttons for climate control, which means one will need to use the on-screen buttons or the voice controls to adjust the aircon. Also on offer will be Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring options.
The BMW i4 eDrive 40 will be available in two trims – Sport and M Sport. The former comes with a reversing camera, automatic air conditioning, interior ambient lighting and Live Cockpit Plus infotainment system. The higher trim adds an M50-inspired bodykit, 18-inch alloys and suede-like Alcantara upholstery to the equation.
The BMW i4 will be available in eDrive 40 and M50 flavors. The former is propelled by a single electric motor that drives the rear wheels. It has a peak output of 340 hp/254 kW and 430 Nm and a driving range of 366 miles (WLTP). Moreover, this variant can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.8 seconds.
On the other hand, the hotter M50 variant is the first full-electric performance-focused model from the BMW M division. The i4 M50 features a dual-electric motor set up – one for each axle. These motors have a combined output of 544 hp/406 kW and 795 Nm (in Sport Boost mode), which enables this EV to sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds. The i4 M50 offers a driving range of 316 miles (WLTP) on a full charge.
Hans Zimmer gives sound to the BMW i4
In other news, BMW announced on 11 May 2021 that it has roped in legendary music director Hans Zimmer to create “emotionally engaging driving sound” for electrified BMW M models. In their press note, BMW says that depending on the drive mode (Comfort or Sport), the sound experience deepens and aims to add a thrill to the driving experience. Only when the driver selects the ECO PRO mode does the artificially synthesized sound completely reduce.
The artificial sound created by Hans Zimmer will be branded as ‘IconicSounds Electric’ and will be an option on the BMW i4 over the course of 2022; it will be standard on the BMW iX, though. It can be installed through a remote software update, BMW said.
By 2023, BMW will have 12 pure EVs on sale worldwide, with an electric option available in 90 percent of its current portfolio. The BEV lineup includes the BMW i7, BMW i5, BMW iX1, and the BMW 3 Series electric.
BMW i4 FAQs
What is the release date for the BMW i4?
While the prices & specs for the BMW i4 were revealed earlier this month, the EV will hit the market in November 2021.
What are the rivals to the BMW i4?
The BMW i4 will go up primarily against the Tesla Model 3 and the Polestar 2. The Mercedes EQE would be an indirect rival.
What is the price of the BMW i4 in the UK?
£51,905 for the eDrive 40, £53,405 for the M Sport eDrive40 and £63,905 for the i4 M50.
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