The German luxury automotive marque BMW India recently unveiled its newest electric offering – the i4 at the latest edition of the India Art Fair held in New Delhi. The i4 marks the brand’s commitment toward a greener and cleaner future in the country after it recently launched its first electric SUV iX in India. BMW during the unveiling of the i4 said that the model will be officially launched on May 26, 2022. Following the launch of the flagship iX SUV and the Mini Cooper SE hatchback, the i4 will become the BMW Group’s third all-electric vehicle in India.
Internationally launched in the November of last year, the i4 features an exterior design similar to its internal combustion-engined sibling 4 series which the company offers across the globe but not in India. Although, unlike the ICE 4 series which is a two doored sports car, the i4 will be a 5 door sedan. The BMW i4 is based on a flexible vehicle architecture conceived from the outset for a purely electric drive system. The forthcoming model comes with an elegantly sporty design with stretched coupé proportions, a flowing roofline, four doors with frameless windows and a large tailgate.
Under the skin, the BMW i4 boasts a newly built chassis technology that is perfectly adjusted to the car. It gets a double-joint spring strut front axle and a five-link rear axle. The new i4 comes standard with lift-related dampers and rear-axle air suspension. For aggressive driving manoeuvres, the model additionally gets a near-actuator wheel slip limiter (together with electric all-wheel drive for the first time). In addition, the BMW i4 has model-specific adaptive M suspension, variable sport steering, an M Sport brake system, and optional 20-inch M light-alloy wheels.
On the interior, the cabin of the i4 comes wrapped in sustainable materials and in terms of tech it gets two displays enclosed in a single continuous panel. One is a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment screen and the other is a 12.3-inch digital instrument console both of which are standard. It includes BMW’s iDrive 8 technology, which enables voice and gesture controls. The vehicle also has ambient lighting, three-zone climate control, and ventilated seats. Aside from that, the model will have all of the essential gadgets, gizmos, and tech elements that one would expect from a typical BMW automobile.
The BMW i4 is available in two variants internationally in which the first is an eDrive 40 and the second is the M50. Both versions have an 80.7kWh floor-mounted lithium-ion battery and a motor that drives the back axle. The eDrive 40 is the more docile of the two, producing 330.4bhp and 430Nm of peak torque. The acceleration time from 0 to 100kmph is under 5.7 seconds. The M50 model has a power output of 528.6bhp and a torque output of 795Nm. This permits it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.
As for the range of the i4, BMW claims that the model will be able to provide a range of 590km per charge in its Drive 40 iteration but will decrease to a range of 510km per charge in the M50 variant. In terms of charging, both the variants of the i4 can be fully charged with an 11kW home charger, in 8.25 hours. The i4 also supports 200kW DC fast charging, which can charge the car from 0 to 80% in 31 minutes. Aside from that, the eDrive 40 can be charged for ten minutes to acquire a range of 164km, while the M50 can be charged for ten minutes to gain a range of 140km.