Currently, the BMW i4 eDrive35 stands as the most affordable electric BMW available. Since the iX1 is not available in the United States, the i4 serves as our gateway into Bavarian electrification. As a result, it is expected to become one of the most popular BMW EVs on the market, if not the most popular. Fortunately, BMW is introducing new options and packages for the 2024 model year i4 eDrive45, much to the delight of potential customers.
The 2024 i4 eDrive35 can now be ordered with several new packages: the M Sport Package, Convenience Package (ZCV), and Premium Package (ZPP). The Convenience Package includes lumbar support, heated front seats, Iconic Sounds Electric, and wireless charging. On the other hand, the Premium Package incorporates everything from the Convenience Package but also adds a heated steering wheel and the curved display with a head-up display.
Unfortunately, there is no information available regarding the pricing of these packages or any new individual options that may be offered. However, one notable new option for the i4 is the Icon Adaptive LED Headlights with Laserlight. Additionally, it remains unclear whether the BMW i4 will receive any new standard equipment. Nonetheless, there is news of a slight price increase for the i4, with a $200 bump from $52,000 to $52,200.
The BMW i4 eDrive35 serves as the entry-level model and is the least powerful and fastest variant in the lineup. It utilizes a single rear electric motor, which is the same motor found in the pricier i4 eDrive40. However, the motor is detuned for the base model, producing 282 horsepower compared to the 335 horsepower of the more expensive version. The entry-level i4 also offers a slightly lower maximum range of 256 miles, while the higher-end model can reach up to 301 miles. Nevertheless, the performance discrepancy is minimal, as BMW claims a 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds for the base model, just 0.3 seconds slower than the more expensive variant.
For many customers, outright performance and range are not the primary concerns when choosing an electric vehicle. Instead, they seek comfort, well-equipped features, and practicality, especially at a lower price point. With the introduction of these new optional extras, the BMW i4 eDrive35 is poised to become even more appealing to potential buyers. BMW’s intention is to make the model even more popular than it already is. Moreover, the i4 eDrive35 presents a more cost-effective option overall, allowing customers to acquire a well-rounded electric car with decent range at an attractive price.