After an early start with the i3 and i8, BMW thought that it could win the competition with Tesla with its fantastic PHEVs. The company learned otherwise, and after a few conversion jobs, like the iX3, it now has clean-sheet BEV designs. The i4 and iX are the first results of this new approach. The iX is a BEV-only design and the i4 is part of the new 4 Series multi-powertrain platform.
- Battery: 67 kWh, with about 249 miles of range.
- Battery: 80.7 kWh, with about 292 miles of range.
- Motor: 210 kW and 400 Nm of torque, rear-wheel drive.
- Motor: 250 kW and 430 Nm of torque, rear-wheel drive.
- Motor: 400 kW and 795 Nm of torque, all-wheel drive.
- Charging: 180 kW DC and 11 kW AC.
- Euro NCAP: ***** (5 stars)
- Length * Width * Height: 188.3” * 72.9” * 57.0”
- Prices from €58,000 to €76,000 (including sales tax and delivery costs)
The slogan of the BMW brand has been “Freude im Fahren,” freely translated as “kick-ass driving.” That is what this brand offers its customers. To experience it with the i4, you have to visit at least the stretches of the German Autobahn without a speed limit, but preferably the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Even better would be the crossing of the Sankt Gotthard Pass, conquering the Devil’s Bridges along the way. I did it once and it is not on my bucket list to do it again.
I absolutely believe the BMW engineers succeeded in doing this, making the i4 an exhilarating pleasure for those attracted to it.
For more on usability and a test drive review, the Fully Charged show is always worth watching and it has a BMW i4 review. And this is what BMW itself has to say about its i4 model. CleanTechnica CEO Zach Shahan also recently drove one and may write a 1st impressions review for us.
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