The design of the BMW i4 it had already been shown by the Bavarian house a few months ago, and we could also hear its artificial rumble created by Hans Zimmer. Now BMW reveals all of them details, from availability date ai prices.
New BMW i4: date and prices
The BMW i4 and the BMW iX mark the next big step in the transformation of the BMW Group towards a global share of 50% in terms of sales of fully electric vehicles in 2030. As already revealed, the new BMW i4 features a broadly beveled front and a striking grille a double kidney BMW with camera, ultrasonic and radar sensors discreetly integrated. In addition, we find slim headlights, available with optional BMW Laserlight, and color accents in BMW i Blue.
The market launch will begin November 2021 with two model variants: BMW i4 M50 (combined electricity consumption: 24 – 19 kWh / 100 km [62 miglia] in the WLTP cycle; CO2 emissions of 0 g / km) – the first purely electric performance car from BMW M GmbH, with 400 kW / 544 hp, all-wheel drive and a range of up to 510 kilometers (317 miles) in the WLTP cycle; BMW i4 eDrive40 (combined electricity consumption: 20 – 16 kWh / 100 km [62 miglia] in the WLTP cycle; CO2 emissions of 0 g / km) with 250 kW / 340 hp, classic rear-wheel drive and a range of up to 590 kilometers (367 miles) in the WLTP cycle.
The BMW i4 is based on a flexible vehicle architecture, conceived from the outset for a purely electric propulsion system, with long wheelbase and wide track. The body structure is characterized by a low weight but at the same time extremely rigid. The model-specific torsion struts, aluminum panel and front axle subframe have a fixed connection to the high-voltage battery casing. Optimized aerodynamics offers a very interesting aerodynamic coefficient value of 0.24.
The technology of frame uses a double-jointed front axle and a five-link rear axle. Lift-related shock absorbers and rear axle air suspension are standard. In addition, the wheel slip limitation integrated in the engine control unit (combined for the first time with electric all-wheel drive) offers high-level traction and stability. The BMW i4 M50 also features model-specific adaptive M suspension, variable sports steering, M Sport brake system and optional M light alloy wheels (up to 20 inches).
The electric propulsion system based on the fifth generation BMW eDrive technology with highly integrated electric motor unit, power electronics, transmission and the latest battery technology. Electric motors work on the principle of a synchronous current unit with one power density up to 2.14 kW / kg.
BMW i4: specifications
As for the specs, we find a maximum system torque of 795 Nm (586 lb-ft) and acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds for the i4 M50. In this case we have a double electric motor with all-wheel drive, 190 kW at the front and 230 kW at the rear. Let’s talk about an overall power of 400 kW (544 CV) it’s a’autonomy up to 510 km according to the WLTP cycle. The speed is electronically limited to 225 km / h.
The BMW i4 eDrive40, on the other hand, delivers maximum torque of 430 Nm (317 lb-ft) and acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds. The power in this case of 250 kW (340 CV) and the maximum speed electronically limited to 190 km / h. It takes 5.7 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km / h. Autonomy up to 590 km according to the WLTP cycle.
New BMW i4: the battery
The slim high-voltage battery was specially designed for the BMW i4 and positioned low in the vehicle floor with aextremely low cell height up to 110 millimeters. The vehicle’s center of gravity is up to 53mm lower than the BMW 3 Series Sedan, while the gross energy content of the battery of 83.9 kWh.
The Combined Charging Unit allows the use of direct current fast charging stations with a power of up to 200 kW. The range can be increased to 164 kilometers (BMW i4 eDrive40) and 140 kilometers (BMW i4 M50) within 10 minutes at such stations. BMW Charging with special rates for public charging stations and IONITY high-power charging stations.
New BMW i4: the interior
The new BMW i4 features a modernly designed center console with control panel for the gear lever, BMW Controller and function keys. Load compartment capacity of 470 liters expandable to a maximum of 1,290 liters. In addition, the new BMW car marks the debut of the New generation BMW iDrive control / operation system, with a clear focus on the touchscreen functionality of the new BMW Curved Display and verbal interaction with the extensively updated BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. A 12.3-inch information display and a 14.9-inch control display form a fully digital dashboard, enhanced by advanced graphics managed by the BMW Operating System 8.
BMW has reasoned in terms of broad smartphone integration, including the use of Apple CarPlay e Android Auto and guarantees customization through BMW ID e My BMW App. Customers will also enjoy integration of personal mobile accounts into the car via Personal eSIM and fast data transmission via 5G.
New BMW i4: driver assistance
Approximately 40 driving assistance functions available. Front Collision Warning, Speed Limit Info and Lane Departure Warning as standard. Optional Active Cruise Control with automatic Speed Limit Assist, route monitoring function and (in Germany) reaction to traffic lights. Also available: Driving Assistant Professional which includes the Steering and Lane Control Assistant.
BMW i4 M50 and BMW i4 eDrive40: prices
BMW i4 M50, when available in November, will start from 73.000 euro, while prices for BMW i4 eDrive40 will start from 60.900 euro.