Platform & Design
The BMW i4 is based on an updated version of the BMW CLAR modular architecture which also underpins the current-gen G20 3 Series. It is basically an all-electric version of the 4 Series Gran Coupe, available in foreign markets. Hence, the overall design of the EV is similar to the regular sedan, apart from a few changes of course. The distinguishing factors include a closed front kidney grille, distinct alloy wheels for better aerodynamics, slightly tweaked front and rear bumpers, as well as blue accents all around.
The BMW i4 is expected to be offered in India in two variants – eDrive40, and the more powerful M50 xDrive. The i4 eDrive 40 gets a rear axle-mounted electric motor that produces 340 PS power and 430 Nm torque, with a claimed 0 to 100 kmph sprint time of 5.7 seconds.
On the other hand, the i4 M50 xDrive, gets two electric motors, one mounted on each axle, with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. The two motors together put out 544 PS of max power and 795 Nm of peak torque. BMW claims that the i4 M50 xDrive and can sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in just 3.9 seconds.
Both variants will likely be equipped with a 81 kWh battery pack, with the eDrive 40 having a claimed range of around 590 km (WLTP cycle), whereas the performance-oriented M50 xDrive has a range of 510 km (WLTP cycle). However, the ARAI-certified range could vary.
Interior & Features
On the inside, the i4 gets BMW’s Curved Display that consists of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as well as a 14.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The system runs BMW’s latest iDrive 8 user interface with support for OTA updates. While BMW hasn’t revealed the equipment list of the electric sedan yet, we expect it to be offered with amenities like multi-zone climate control, wireless charging, a sunroof, powered front seats, a range of connected features, and so on.
Expected price & Rivals
While BMW hasn’t revealed the pricing of the i4 electric sedan yet, we expect it to be priced from Rs 80 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards. Upon arrival, the i4 will have no direct rivals in the market, but the top-end M50 xDrive variant will give some competition to the entry-level versions of Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan.