In 2022, BMW is launching the i4, an ell-electric and sporty 5-seat sedan. It’ll come in two versions, eDrive40 and M50.
BMW has already built electric vehicles, such as the i3. However, the 2022 i4 is an exciting car that looks good on paper. It’ll have an 84 kWh battery pack, a performance M trim, and the eDrive40 trim will have 300 miles of range. It also has great styling, as the BMW used the profile of the 4-Series Gran Coupe. It’s coming soon, as deliveries for the i4 will begin in spring 2022.
BMW has released the base prices for the i4 eDrive40 and M50. It’ll start at $55,400 and $65,900, respectively. The starting price doesn’t include the destination and handling fee of $995, along with tax and title fees.
At this time, there isn’t information about options and upgrades. However, BMW is offering 10 different colors for the i4.
BMW is currently accepting pre-orders. You’ll select the trim and pay the $1,500 refundable pre-order deposit. In fall 2021, you’ll be able to design your i4. The i4 is also eligible for the federal tax credit of up to $7,500.
Performance, range, and charging
The i4 eDrive40 and M50 come with an 84 kWh battery pack. The rear-wheel-drive eDrive40 will have about 300 miles of range, a maximum of 335 horsepower, and a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.5 seconds.
The all-wheel-drive M50 trim will have 240 miles of range, 536 horsepower, and a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.7 seconds.
Both of the trims can charge from a depleted battery to 100% in less than 8 hours. You shouldn’t deplete your battery, though.
BMW is providing a Flexible Fast Charger with the i4. It’s a portable charger that works with any 120-volt or 240-volt outlet. A BMW Wallbox is also available for purchase. It’s a Level 2 charger that you can install in your garage.
Like other EVs, you can also use a public charging station. With a Level 2 charger, you’ll get about 10 to 22 miles per hour of charging. If you use fast charging, you’ll get 25 miles per 10 minutes.
The interior of the i4 is similar to what you’d find in other BMW vehicles. It’s elegant and spacious.
Sports seats and a sport steering wheel will come standard. There will also be several options available, including seat heating, Vernasca leather trim, M Sport package Pro, ambient lighting, Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, and a large glass slide and tilt sunroof.
One of the features that stand out in the interior is the digital display. It’ll have a 12.3-inch informational display and a 14.9-inch touchscreen control display. They’re combined to form one large and curved screen.
BMW’s 2022 i4 hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
However, it’ll come with around 40 driver assistance features. The following are several of the key safety features:
- Front-collision warning.
- Lane departure warning.
- Speed limit information.
- Active cruise control.
- Driving Assistant Professional (includes steering and lane control assistant).
- Park distance control.
- Reversing assist camera.
- Surround-view and remote 3D view.
The i4 is expected to have plenty of safety features and driver assistance technology.
Technology is a big focus for BMW in the i4. It’ll be the first to have the new generation BMW iDrive control and operation system. The graphics and software are based on BMW Operating System 8.
Touchscreen functionality is the main way to make adjustments. It’ll also utilize voice recognition, as they’ve upgraded BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. The i4 will also have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
BMW will send over-the-air software updates, as they make improvements and update features in the i4.
The 5-seat 4-door hatchback is 188.3 inches long, 72.91 inches wide, and 57 inches tall. It’ll have 4.92 inches of ground clearance and a 112.44-inch wheelbase. The eDrive40 will have a top speed of 118 mph, and the M50 will go up to 139 mph.
BMW’s 2022 i4 looks stylish and sporty. If you’re looking for a luxury interior and fun performance, it’s worth looking into.
However, the M50 is the dual-motor all-wheel-drive trim, and it starts at $65,900. At that price, you may want to consider the extra $10,000 and look at the Tesla Model S for better performance and more range.
Featured image courtesy of BMW.
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