BMW finally lifts the veil on the details of its electric sedan, the i4! Autonomy, performance, prices, Auto Plus tells you everything.
Like the competition, BMW is continuing its efforts towards electrical transition. Cornerstone of this strategy, the BMW i4, an electric sedan based on the 3 Series and the 4 Series. A lineage which is obvious at first glance, as the designs are so close. And while the opening of orders is scheduled for November 2021, BMW has just revealed the prices and technical characteristics of the two launch versions.
Because yes, this news BMW i4 is well launched in two distinct versions. At the entry level, we discover a i4 eDrive40, which is pure propulsion. It is suddenly less powerful than the other version, with 340 hp, but promises a good autonomy of 590 km (WLTP cycle). Above all, it is much cheaper, with an entrance ticket of € 59,700. Smart: this price is positioned just below the limit to have access to the ecological bonus, set at € 60,000. But to benefit from it, it will not be necessary to dip into the list of options… From July 1, 2021, this bonus will increase from € 3,000 to € 2,000. The i4 eDrive40 therefore becomes a great alternative to the plug-in hybrid of the 3 Series, and its 330e xDrive version of 292 hp, billed at € 60,700.
If you want to treat yourself to the top of the i4 range, you will have to turn to the M50 version, which here becomes four-wheel drive thanks to a second engine on the front wheels, 258 hp. At the key, 544 ch au total, a 0 to 100 km / h shipped in 3.9 seconds, but a range reduced to 510 km. Both variants indeed use the same 83.9 kWh battery. The price of this M50 version is obviously much higher: it will be available from 71 650 €,and will therefore in no case be entitled to the ecological bonus. It’s a little more expensive than the sportier 3 Series (M340i xDrive, € 66,200), but much cheaper than an M3 (€ 102,000), with similar performance.
On the price side, BMW is therefore aiming directly in the direction of Tesla. The BMW i4 eDrive40 is placed at the level of a Tesla Model 3 Performance (even if the BMW suffers a little from the comparison on paper), while the M50 version is much cheaper than the Model S (89,990 €). However, the latter remains larger, more efficient, and with much better autonomy. Among German rivals, the Audi e-tron GT is much more expensive (101,500 €), not to mention the Porsche Taycan. But the two brands of the Volkswagen group are working together on a smaller sedan (A4 e-tron for Audi, probable Cajun for Porsche), which should be placed directly in front of the BMW i4.
BMW also took the opportunity to unveil inside this new i4. We discover a layout that is finally quite different from that already seen on the 3 Series and 4 Series. screens banner goes from the instrument cluster (12.3 inches) to the central screen (14.9 inches), for a very high-tech effect. The rest of the dashboard is more classic. And on the outside, unsurprisingly, the M50 version is more aggressive than the eDrive40, with reworked shields, and specific rims.
See you in a few months for the first tests of this BMW i4!
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