The all-electric compact looks more like the brand’s conventional models the brand’s past electric efforts, the intentionally advanced i3 and i8.
The four-door hatchback is marginally bigger than the BMW 3-Series and doesn’t wander excessively far from its styling, including its oversized “kidney” grille, which is generally deterred since electric vehicles don’t require as much cooling as ones powered by internal combustion engines do.
The i4 will be offered as the $56,395 i4 eDrive40 and $66,895 i4 M50 when it goes on sale early next year.
The i4 eDrive40 features a back electric motor rated at 335 hp and an estimated range of 300 miles per charge while the i4 M50 – the first electric M vehicle – has a 536 hp all-wheel-drive powertrain and a range of 245 miles.
Zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) acceleration is listed at 5.7 seconds and 3.9 seconds, respectively, and an artificial “engine” noise is accessible for drivers that was created as a team with film composer Hans Zimmer.
The two models have 200 kW charging capability that can fill their 83.0 kWh battery packs with 90 miles worth of electricity in 10 minutes at a compatible charging station.
The interior is likewise like the 3-Series’, yet a single-frame widescreen display replaces the more traditional gauge cluster and infotainment system.
BMW has likewise updated pricing for the iX xDrive50 electric SUV that will show up close by the i4 one year from now beginning at $84,195. The Audi e-tron contender will come standard with a 500 hp all-wheel-drive system and a 100 kWh battery with a 300 mile range.