The BMW i4 electric sedan today officially went on sale in India at an introductory price of ₹ 69.90 lakh for its one fully loaded variant - i4 eDrive40. The i4 is the second BMW branded electric vehicle for India after the iX and was announced late last year as part of the Bavarian automaker's electric onslaught for the Indian market. Apart from the iX and i4, BMW India Group also presented the MINI Cooper SE earlier this year in the country.
The new i4 is the first electric sedan to be launched in the luxury segment, which sets itself apart from the several electric SUVs on sale. The i4 M50 makes the transition from combustion-engined cars to electric vehicles (EVs) almost seamless. BMW i4 is an extremely powerful car that claims a range of up to 465km from its 84kWh battery, with a DC charging rate of up to 200kW for ultra-fast top-ups.
BMW’s latest design with the enormous as those kidney grilles is not beautiful as a 1974 3.0 CSi. A satin-finished ‘Individual Frozen Portimao Blue Metallic’ paintwork is not as appealing, but there are some fine design columns that draw towards its all-electric drivetrains like the flush door handles and rear diffuser.
The i4 M50 is an all-wheel safe drive equipped with eight airbags, as well as more powerful M Sport brakes. The car also gets acoustic protection for pedestrians, which is a turbine-like external sound that’s emitted outside the car when driving forward or backward at speeds up to 30km/h.
However, the standout element in the cabin is the enormous high-tech curved display that runs across at least two-thirds of the whole dashboard. It offers crystal clear graphics, rich colors as well as quick processing and reaction.
The power source for the i4 is the BMW Gen5 Integrated Drive Unit, which in the i4 M50 amounts to two very smart electrically-excited synchronous motors (one at each axle). The power itself is sent to both axles through a single-speed automatic transmission with a fixed ratio, the amount of which is carefully apportioned depending on which drive mode is selected; Sport, Comfort, or Eco Pro.
Depending on which drive mode you select the range will differ. BMW claims the i4 M50 will get as much as 465km on a full charge if driven in Eco Pro. It’s may be 65 kms less than that if you drive with Sport (or Sport Boost).
Gaining entry into BMW’s all-electric 4 Series Gran Coupe range kicks off with the i4 eDrive40 M Sport (RWD), priced from $99,900 plus. Its rivals include the top-spec Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor ($69,900). 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. Online bookings for the i4 have begun, while deliveries will commence by early July 2022.