Recently, the Indian luxury car market has seen a flurry of EV launches that have electric car enthusiasts salivating. The majority of them came from the three major German automakers: Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. With the introduction of its third all-electric offering in our market, the i4, the Bavarian giant has now taken the lead. The BMW i4 electric sedan is priced starting at Rs 69.90 lakh for the EDrive40 variant (ex-showroom) and will compete with the likes of the Kia EV6 and others. The 2022 BMW i4 is based on the 4-Series Gran Coupe, is built on the CLAR architecture, and has the best mileage in India at 590 km (WLTP) on a single charge.
BMW i4 Cabin & Design:
Its design is a great blend of an ICE vehicle and a full-fledged EV. After all, it’s effectively a plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe. A non-functional kidney grille and closed air vents alert us to the fact that this is an electric vehicle. Inside, you’ll find two screens: a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster and a 14.8-inch touchscreen infotainment device. This system runs on the BMW iDrive 8 interface, which also allows OTA updates.
BMW i4 Drivetrain:
The BMW i4 is not built on an EV-specific architecture, unlike the BMW iX, and comes in two variants: eDrive40 and M50 xDrive. However, for the time being, BMW has just revealed the initial pricing for the eDrive40 model in India. The peak power output for the eDrive40 and M50 xDrive trims is 340 horsepower and 544 hp, respectively. The torque output on the latter reaches a maximum of 795 Nm. The BMW i4 is intended to offer a lively driving experience when it arrives in India via the CBU route.
Charging the BMW i4:
The BMW i4 will be offered with a complimentary BMW Wallbox charger with installation as an introductory offer. It can be installed in the home to provide for safe and convenient charging of up to 11kW. The BMW i4 can be charged from 10% to 80% in 31 minutes using a 205 kW DC Charger, and up to 80% in 83 minutes with a 50 kW DC Charger. The battery will be charged in 8.25 hours with the 11 kW AC Charger.