The BMW i4, an EV alternative to the 3 Series saloon, arrives in November 2021 and boasts a range of up to 367 miles
BMW has confirmed the new i4 ‘gran coupe’ will cost from £51,905 when it launches in the UK in November 2021.
The Tesla Model 3-rivalling four-door also has a confirmed range of up to 367 miles, while an M Performance version called M50 will sit at the top of the range.
BMW’s first midsize EV, the i4 is a stylish alternative to the BMW 3 Series, whose underpinnings it shares.
But instead of a combustion engine, the i4 boasts electric motors and a beefy 81.5kWh high-voltage battery.
The sleek i4 has a slippery aerodynamic drag factor Cd of just 0.24, helped by coupe-inspired lines and low-slung, stretched proportions.
The overhangs are short, the pillars are thin and the doors have coupe-style frameless windows. The roofline is also flowing, blending smoothly into the rear so the air can pass over it with as little drag as possible.
Size-wise, it’s similar in overall length and width to a 3 Series, although it’s a touch lower to the ground – despite the batteries being mounted in the floor beneath the seats.
The centre of gravity is lower than a 3 Series too, which should aid handling.
The core i4 eDrive40 has output of 340hp from its rear-wheel-drive motor. This is good for 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and a 367-mile range.
Choose the i4 eDrive40 in either Sport trim for £51,905, or M Sport for £53,405.
The range-topping i4 M50 has two electric motors driving all four wheels with 544hp; this gives 0-62mph in a scant 3.9 seconds, and a 316-mile range.
Prices seems pretty reasonable for such a potent machine, starting from £63,905.
Inside, there’s a familiar BMW layout, brought bang up to date. The standout is the curved display, which appears freestanding: ahead of the driver is a 12.3-inch display and there’s a huge 14.9-inch control display in the centre.
Both sit behind anti-reflective glass, so they don’t need a binnacle to shield the displays from sunlight.
Occupants within the roomy interior also get to enjoy an EV soundscape created by music composer Hans Zimmer.
BMW’s thought about charging, and includes a comprehensive ‘BMW Charging’ solution for all buyers.
There is 12 months’ subscription-free access to BP Pulse and Ionity Plus packages, and the BMW Combined Charging Unit allows motorists to use high-power DC chargers up to 200kW.
In the i4 eDrive40, this will give 102 miles’ range in 10 minutes; even in the performance i4 M50, plugging in for 10 minutes will deliver 87 miles of range.
What do you get as standard? In all models, at least 18-inch wheels (although owners can pick 17-inch ‘aero’ wheels if they really want to), BMW Live Cockpit, reversing camera, all-round LED lights and BMW Parking Assistant.
M Sport versions get a sportier style including a rear spoiler and black anthracite interior.
The M50 features 19-inch double spoke alloys, Vernasca leather, M Adaptive Suspension, M seatbelts and electric memory seats. It also has unique styling features and plenty of high-gloss black detailing outside (and plenty of 'M' badges too).
JustGoEV will be among the first to drive the new production-ready BMW i4 ahead of its showroom debut. Stay tuned over the summer and await more!