► BMW’s electric i4 revealed in full
► Maximum 367-mile range or 3.9sec to 62mph
► UK prices and specs revealed
BMW has announced full pricing and specs for its all-new i4 EV. It’s designed as a four-door Gran Coupe, comes in two distinct specifications from launch and will arrive in the UK from November 2021.
This is a big moment for BMW, as the brand continues to push its electrification efforts. After the rather derivative debut of the iX3, the new i4 introduces more to the 4-series shape than a blanked-off grille and an electric powertrain.
But about that electric powertrain…
Two variants of the i4 will arrive at launch – the eDrive40 and the M50 – with more, including a full-fat i4 M, to come.
For the eDrive40 (pictured in white), you’ll have an EV with rear-wheel drive, 335bhp, 317lb ft of torque, a claimed 0-62mph sprint of 5.7 seconds and a limited top speed of 118mph. As for range, BMW claims up to 367 miles on the WLTP testing procedure. The eDrive 40 can be trimmed in either Sport or M Sport specifications, with the latter naturally having larger wheels and a more aggressive bodykit.
Then there’s the more potent all-wheel drive M50 variant (pictured in blue). Technically, this version has 470bhp and 538lb ft as standard, but an on-demand ‘Sport Boost’ function temporarily raises that to 537bhp and 586lb ft. On boost, BMW claims a 3.9sec 0-62mph sprint and a limited top speed of 140mph. As for range, BMW says this is capable of 316 miles on a charge.
A ‘dynamic traction control’ system allows a degree of wheel slip, so you can get drifty with your new EV. Before the i4 was revealed, BMW released some tech videos of the i4 drifting at a proving ground. ‘For the first time, we’ve developed a BMW with sporty DNA for purely electric driving entirely from scratch,’ explained project manager David Alfredo Ferrufino Camacho. ‘All electric vehicles are capable of fast straight-line acceleration. But that’s not enough for us at BMW.’
Like the iX, BMW says the e-motors in the i4 have no rare earths in them, and the battery packs have a power density improvement of around 30 per cent compared to an i3. As for charging, BMW says the i4 can take up to 200kW of power from a rapid DC charger, with the brand claiming that 10 minutes and this maximum capacity can add around 100 miles to an eDrive40 and around 80 miles to an M50. Like most manufacturers offering a similar system, the BMW Charging app allows easy access to several charging networks, too.
So, what else is new?
Along with the iX SUV, the i4 uses BMW’s new OS 8 infotainment system inside. So, while the interior in general will look familiar to current 3- and 4-series owners, the curved screen layout is all-new. The iDrive controller remains, but BMW has upped complemented its use with a more natural voice assistant, personalisation via your own BMW ID profile and a loaf of driver assistance tech.
BMW has also enlisted the help of legendary composer, Hans Zimmer, to introduce some theatrics to the i4’s start-up and ‘engine’ noise sounds.
When can I get one?
BMW says the new i4 electric car will arrive in the UK in November 2021, with prices starting at £51,905 for an eDrive40 Sport. M Sport versions raise the price to £53,905, while the much more powerful M50 version starts at £63,905.
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