BMW i4 has finally been launched in India. With that, the luxury automaker now has a sprawling new battery-powered electric sedan on offer, that churns out some of the most impressive performance numbers in India. At a glimpse, these include a range of just about 600 km on a single charge, and an acceleration that touches 0 to 100 kmph within 6 seconds. Of course, performance is just one aspect in which the BMW i4 shines. True to the brand name, it comes loaded with luxury features inside out.
Before we get on to those, here is a brief about BMW’s new EV. The BMW i4 took a good seven years after the i3 to come in as the new upgraded electric sedan experience by BMW. Its made its global debut in June last year, though the very first glimpse of the EV can be dated back to March 2020, when BMW first unveiled it at the Geneva Motor Show. Ever since, there has been a lot of hype around it and various trims have already been selling well in several international markets.
Now the BMW i4 is in India, and as announced by BMW at its launch today, will retail for a starting ex-showroom price of Rs 69.9 lakh. This places the car right between BMW’s flagship iX electric SUV and the more affordable BMW M340i. BMW plans to ship the i4 to India as a Completely Built Up unit.
BMW i4: Design and features
The CBU route may have upped the cost of the i4 but the EV manages to justify it with ample of features on offer. Starting with the design, the BMW i4 comes with the vertical kidney grilles at the front, which have been used as BMW’s marquee over the past couple of years. These, however, do not perform the usual function of cooling the air around the car, as in the case of ICE vehicles, and instead house various sensors for real time data collection. The i4 also maintains the long and aerodynamic shape of a typical BMW car from the sides. The rear sports a unique look, with a slight curve towards the insides ending the vertical stretch at the sides.
On the inside, the BMW i4 features a very performance-oriented look that is amplified by a host of luxury traits. It is laden with a synthetic leather upholstery and claims to offer enough space for five people to sit in comfortably. The BMW curved display adorns the front, that consists of a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch control display in a single-extended format. Other highlights around the car include LED ambient lighting, three-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, and a Harman Kardon surround sound system based on 17-speakers. The luggage compartment comes with a volume of 470 litres.
BMW i4: Performance
Powering the new BMW electric car is a 250kW (340hp) motor that can produce 430Nm of torque and a top speed of 190km, that is limited electronically. As mentioned above, the i4 can reach a speed of 100 kmph from scratch in 5.7 seconds. The motor is backed by a 83.9kWh lithium-ion battery with a WLTP range of 590 km on a single charge.
For this charge, BMW i4 supports charging rates of up to 205kW. With this, BMW claims that the i4 can be charged for a 164 km run within 10 minutes. From a traditional wall charger, an 11kW charging rate will juice up the battery from 0-100 percent in 8.5 hours. Further charging on the run can be provided through regenerative braking, at rates of up to 116kW in the eDrive40.
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