Earlier this month we reported the unveiling of the German luxury marque BMW’s all-new electric offering – i4 and told you that the launch is imminent. Well, BMW has now finally launched its all-electric mid-size sedan in the country. The i4 is the third electric product from the BMW Group and has been introduced at Rs 69.90 lakh (ex-showroom). BMW is currently offering the i4 as a completely built-up unit (CBU) and in just a single variant – the eDrive40 Sport in the country and interested customers can reserve one by visiting shop.bmw.in. The company said that the deliveries will commence by the beginning of July 2022.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, “With the launch of the BMW i4, I am excited to introduce the first electric mid-size sedan in the country. BMW i4 effortlessly combines sheer driving pleasure with sustainability as never experienced before. Thanks to its unique combination of BMW eDrive technology, extremely slim and high-voltage lithium-ion battery, rear wheel drive and advanced suspension kinematics, the BMW i4 gets an outstanding sporty feel.
He further added, “It is India’s longest range electric vehicle. Absolute luxury with class leading ambience, generous space, and rear axle air suspension ensures maximum comfort even for longer trips. Excitingly dynamic, comfortable and powerful in equal measure, the BMW i4 provides a truly electrifying experience that exceeds all expectations – every day, every trip. BMW Group today offers the most extensive and diverse portfolio of electric cars for Indian customers”.
On the outside, the all-new BMW i4 is a beautifully designed sedan which the company claims is the most aerodynamic electric vehicle in its class. Expansive closed surfaces and crisp lines define the front of the i4. The luxury EV’s functional yet contemporary character is highlighted by the grey inlays in the front apron and vertical side apertures. The blue ring surrounding the BMW emblem and the minimalist reworking of the radiator grille are a few of the design cues that set apart the all-electric nature of this mid-size sedan.
The side view of the i4 is characterised by a long wheelbase, doors with frameless windows, fluid lines of the roof and short overhangs. Meanwhile, the rear of the car showcases a sharp vertical rear spoiler, recessed surfaces, thin curves and horizontal lines. These design details are highlighted by the compact L-shaped rear LED lights.
On the inside, the i4 comes equipped with a host of BMW ConnectedDrive technologies. It gets the BMW Live Cockpit Professional which includes the freestanding BMW Curved Display with its connection between a 12.3-inch digital information display behind the steering wheel and a 14.9-inch Control Display with Navigation. The new generation iDrive display features the new BMW Operating System 8. It also comes with inductive, Wireless Charging, Wireless Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto, Harman Kardon Surround Sound System with 17 speakers, and Parking Assistant with a 360-degree reverse camera.
As for the electric drivetrain of the i4, it is powered by a single rear-mounted electric motor with 340 PS and 430 Nm of torque. BMW claims that the 0 to 100 kmph sprint time of the i4 is a staggering 5.7 seconds. Electronically, the highest speed is limited to 190 kmph. The i4 has an 80.7 kWh battery pack with a stated range of 590 kilometres (WLTP cycle), the longest of any electric car in India. The i4’s battery can be charged from 10% to 80% in just 31 minutes thanks to a 205 kW DC fast charger. BMW offers an 11 kW wall box AC charger with the EV as an initial gift. This will charge the battery from zero to one hundred percent in around eight hours.