According to sources, when it arrives in 2021, the new BMW i4 electric car will be offered in three different variants. The naming convention also seems to have been set in stone. The i4 will be sold under the moniker i440i and i4 M50i xDrive. The top model M50i xDrive is clearly the one featuring an all-wheel drivetrain.
Also recently, some evidence showed up online pointing to two different drivetrain. We weren’t able to verify these with a second source, but here they are nonetheless.
First is the HA0001N0 which, allegedly, marks a rear-wheel drive setup. The second one is the XE2A02N0 with an all-wheel drive setup. It’s unclear what battery packs will be available, but it’s also likely that at least two options will be available.
Pricing has yet to be set in stone, but EVGLOBE understands that the base i4 will start in the 50,000-60,000 euros range in Europe.
The four-door electric coupe is the second car from the BMW Group to use the fifth generation eDrive architecture. The other is the BMW iNEXT (iX). BMW has already released some details around the BMW i4.
This fifth-generation tech for the BMW i4 brings out new electric motors, power electronics, charging tech and high-voltage batteries. The electric motor, for example, will be able to deliver up to 530 HP according to BMW, as much as the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 on M50i models today.
The Bavarians are also claiming their products are extremely efficient while the design and packaging of the batteries will allow the company to fit it in extremely tight spaces, due to its compact size and high energy density, storing 80 kWh in a total weight of 550 kilos.
When it debuts, the BMW i4 will have a maximum range of around 373 miles (600 km), on the WLTP cycle. The EPA rating should be lower.
BMW also offered some performance specs of the i4: the new 4-door coupe will do 62 mph from standstill in 4 seconds flat, and go up to a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).