New Delhi: German luxury car maker, BMW, has today launched its i4 electric sedan in India at a price of Rs 69.90 lakh (ex-showroom). The BMW i4 will be India’s longest-range electric vehicle with a claimed driving range of up to 590 km on a single charge. Online bookings for the i4 begin from today, while deliveries will commence by early July 2022.
The new BMW i4 electric sedan is the company’s first four-door sedan offering for India and globally, is available in two variants — the BMW i4 eDrive 40 and BMW i4 M50 xDrive. For India, BMW has brought the i4 eDrive 40 variant alone, and the electric four-door sedan will be sold as a CBU in India.It is the third electric vehicle from BMW Group India, which launched the iX electric SUV in December 2021, and the MINI Electric in March 2022. With the launch of the BMW i4, the company now has one of the widest line-ups of electric cars in the luxury vehicle space.
Electric Powertrain & Performance
The i4 eDrive 40 gets a single rear axle-mounted electric motor that generates 340 PS and 430 Nm, and has a claimed 0 to 100 kmph sprint time of 5.7 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 190 kmph. It comes with the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, featuring an integrated drive unit within a single housing that is powered by an electric motor, single-speed transmission and power electronics.
Battery and Range & Charging
The i4 is equipped with a slim 110 mm high-voltage, floor-mounted Lithium-Ion battery pack that comes with a capacity of 80.7 kWh. The battery can offer a range of up to 590 km on the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle, which means it has the longest range compared to any other EV in India.With a 205 kW DC fast charger, the i4’s battery can be juiced up from 10% to 80% in just 31 minutes. As an introductory offer, BMW is offering a 11 kW wallbox AC charger with the EV as standard. This will fully charge the battery from 0% up to 100% in around 8 hours. BMW aims to build a strong charging network in the luxury segment and plans to fast chargers at its dealer network in 34 cities across India.
Design and Styling
The BMW i4 is offered in three colour options – Mineral White, Black Sapphire, and Skyscraper Grey. The BMW i4 is based on an updated version of the BMW CLAR modular architecture which also underpins the current-gen G20 3 Series. The car is based on the new-generation 4 Series, but the styling has been tweaked with the EV-specific kidney grille, LED headlamps, and blue accents around the BMW badge. It retains the signature coupe roofline of the 4 Series that gives the model its sharp look. The car also comes with L shaped LED taillights. BMW also offers an optional M Aerodynamic Kit with embellishments like sportier bumpers, exclusive 18- or 19-inch M Light Aerodynamic alloy wheels, and other M elements in high gloss shade.
Interior & Features
On the inside, the BMW i4 comes with Perforated Sensatec upholstery offered in Canberra Beige and Cognac colour schemes. While upfront you get sporty seats the rear bench seat with a 40/20/40 split. The highlight of course is the driver-focused cockpit with the BMW curved display, featuring two screens – a 12.3-inch information display and 14.9-inch control screen – which share a frameless bezel and appear as a single unit.The system runs BMW’s latest iDrive 8 user interface with support for OTA updates. Other amenities include a 360-degree camera, 3-zone climate control, wireless charging, a sunroof, powered front seats, a host of connected features, ambient lighting, LED headlamps and wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, and BMW’s virtual assistant that allows you to perform several in-car functions with voice commands.It also gets a 17-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system and a parking assistant with a reverse camera.