The all-electric BMW i4 may be built around the Combustion-powered 4-Series Gran Coupe but it has a lot of promise and soon, we’ll spend a week with one.
Two variants of the i4 have been introduced in the Australian market. The model we’re running is a full entry-level eDrive40 with the M Sport package and it will offer a lot of performance even if it doesn’t offer M3-rival speeds like the i40 M50.
The i4 eDrive40 is powered by a single electric motor that powers the rear wheels and produces 250 kW (335 hp) and 317 lb-ft (470 Nm) of torque. The base model is not an all-wheel drive like the flagship Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6, both of which have two electric motors and are capped at 225 kW (302 hp) and 605 Nm (446 lb-ft). )
BMW says the eDrive40 is good at speeds of 100 km / h (62 mph) at 5.7 seconds and thanks to its large 84 kWh battery pack, its combined cycle range is 520 km (323 miles) under Australian testing parameters.
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Many other things make the entry-level BMW i4 quite promising. It is capable of charging 200 kilowatts, for example, and in Australia, comes with a 5-year ChargeFox subscription that offers commendable unlimited use of fast and ultra-rapid public charging stations. The 19-inch M Light-Alloy Wheel, M High-Gloss Shadow Line Kit and M Aerodynamics package are making an impression on the outside.
The interior of the i4 bears a striking resemblance to the 4-Series Gran Coupe although it does have some unique features, the most notable of which is the curved display which includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.0-inch infotainment display and this week the Facelifted 3-Series And the M3 model has appeared in the year update.
As mentioned, we will spend a week with the i4 eDrive40 so there will be plenty of time to test it in different situations. If you want to know more about EV, let us know in the comments.