Can the 2022 BMW i4 Compete With EV Leaders?
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BMW has tripped here and there while releasing electric vehicles (EVs). Functionality has been excellent, the cars and SUVs are powerful. They deliver sustainable premium mobility.
But appearance-wise? Let’s just say it’s been a bumpy road.
The new BMW i4 sedan might just be the brand’s most mainstream design thus far, making it a more appealing choice to car buyers.
BMW’s 2022 i4 is hoping to compete with other leading EVs.
BMW i4, the most conventional BMW EV to date
Motor Trend seemed pleased to review the details of the upcoming BMW i4.
The ‘i’ brand models of BMW have received conflicting press. Some people actually love the unique appearance of the line of electric vehicles.
Others love to hate it. Critics have complained that the BMW iX electric SUV looks “ugly”. The giant vertical grille is imposing, to say the least.
Is that a plus? Interested buyers would have to judge it for themselves. BMW EV designs are far from conventional. Something is always unique, bordering on eccentric.
The BMW i4 might make the choice easier for many buyers.
Compared to other i brand models, the i4 looks cleaner, sleeker. It makes it easier for people to look past the car’s cover and focus on the car’s capabilities.
Just how impressive is the BMW i4?
The i4 promises to have 300 miles of range and up to 536 hp (though on different trims). It will come in two options: the eDrive40 and the M50.
The basic rear-drive eDrive40 wins in range, going up to 300 miles. It’s single-motor and makes 335 hp and 317 pound-feet of torque. It’s aerodynamic and fuel-efficient, so it has superior charging speeds compared to the M50.
On the other hand, the power-champ i4 M50 comes in at 245 miles, which is less impressive but still not bad. Interestingly, the i4 is the first i model to get an M variant.
The M50’s selling point is the dual-motor overboost mode, which brings it to 536 hp and 586 pound-feet of torque. It’s perfect for sport enthusiasts as an all-wheel drive EV with swift acceleration and increased power.
Adaptive M suspension comes as standard on the M50 but is optional on the eDrive40.
Both models use the same 84-kWh battery, which can be charged to near-full in half an hour if you use a 200-kW DC fast charger.
Handling for the i4 is reportedly excellent.
Like all top-tier vehicles these days, the i4 will come with advanced driver-assistance systems and quality interior technology.
The inside of the i4 is spacious and elegant, which is no surprise. BMW might have controversial experimental designs, but that doesn’t usually extend to their car interiors.
The i4 is available for pre-order and according to BMW’s official site, will be sold starting 2022 Spring.
The eDrive40 is predicted to start at $56,395.
The M50 will start at $66,895, which makes it considerably pricier. For those who value power over range, the M50 might be a worthy upgrade.
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