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Introducing the New BMW i4

The striking BMW i4 is the first fully-electric Gran Coupé. It is a fast, practical and luxurious model which aims to convince saloon car buyers that electric power can give you everything you want - and more.

Key focus areas for the designers and engineers were maximum range, a captivating driving experience and class-leading technology, and they have delivered on all fronts.

The battery, electric motor and suspension components have been finely tuned to deliver effortless pace and agility as well as comfort and calm when desired. Optimum road contact and sharp cornering ability ensure that the i4 continues the legacy of BMW ultimate driving machines.

Make no mistake; the i4 is a landmark car for BMW. It is the car that places electric mobility not just at the heart of the brand, but of customers' desires, too.

Design and Practicality

BMW i4, Exterior, Side

A true Gran Coupé, the BMW i4 is a practical 4-door with the sloping sleekness of a stylish coupé, yet all the practicality you would expect from a saloon. With signature blue detailing appearing on the bold new-look kidney grille, along the bottom of the sill and on the rear valance, this i4 is unmistakably BMW.

The i4 can seat five occupants in typical BMW refinement and comfort. A long wheelbase with short overhangs means the i4 blends practicality and optimum chassis dynamics in perfect fashion.

The boot is large, deep and has a flat floor, and the 470-litre capacity places it directly in between the loadspace found on the 3 Series and 5 Series saloons. This extends to 1,290 litres when the rear seats are folded down.

Technology and Safety

BMW i4 Interior

Technology is class-leading. BMW's next-generation Operating System 8 takes digital driver and vehicle interaction to a whole new level, with the latest display, control and software systems standard across the range. A curved screen for better readability is one example of the magnificent attention to detail that is obvious throughout the cabin.

The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which is able to automate actions based on a number of factors including GPS location, is just one of the unique features on the i4. Another is BMW ID, a digital service that allows you to import personalised vehicle settings each time you get in the car.

There are around 40 different driver assistance functions on the i4, meaning you can choose to take control when the mood suits or let the car do the work for you.

Range and Performance

BMW i4, Exterior, Front

The BMW i4 has a maximum range of up to 365 miles (WLTP) in standard form. Move up to the i4 M50 and that figure reduces to 318 miles (WLTP), though performance increases dramatically.

There are two powertrain options to choose from:

  • i4 eDrive40: 335bhp and 317 lb ft; 0 to 62mph in 5.7 seconds; 365-mile range
  • i4 M50: 537bhp and 586 lb ft; 0 to 62mph in 3.9 seconds; 318-mile range

The eDrive40 model is tuned for characterful sporty driving, with instantaneous torque and classical rear-wheel drive combining to great effect.

i4 M50 models have two motors, one driving the front wheels and one driving the rears. The fully variable system is able to automatically send the power to where it is required at any given moment, meaning you have all-wheel drive traction when you need it, and rear-wheel drive efficiency when you do not.

Charging

BMW i4 Charging

Because the i4 is fitted with BMW's latest Combined Charging Unit (CCU), it gives you the flexibility to use different types of public charging stations. The i4 can also be charged at home or the workplace using a Wallbox or even a conventional domestic plug socket.

Charging times vary depending on the charger that you use:

  • 0 to 100 percent using a home Wallbox takes 13 hours
  • 10 to 80 percent using an AC charging station takes just 31 minutes
  • Adding 62 miles of range takes seven hours from a standard household socket, or two hours from a Wallbox

Range is extended by the adaptive energy recuperation that occurs during overrun and braking. A lot of electric cars use regenerative braking, but only the i4 uses technology that is connected to the navigation and driver assistance systems, adjusting the recuperation intensity in real time based on the driving scenario.

i4 Models

Sport

Key features:

  • LED headlights and LED rear lights
  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • BMW Live Cockpit Plus with BMW Curved Display
  • BMW Operating System 8 with navigation
  • Sport seats
  • Sport leather steering wheel
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • AC charging (11 kW), DC charging (205 ;kW)
  • Heat pump for increased efficiency and pre-temperature setting
  • Reversing Assist Camera
  • Cruise Control with brake function

BMW i4 Sport

M Sport

Key features in addition/replacement to Sport:

  • 18-inch M aerodynamic wheels with mixed tyres
  • Black Alcantara/Sensatec upholstery
  • M Sport Exterior Styling
  • M Sport Spoiler
  • Aluminium Rhombicle Anthracite Trim

BMW i4 M Sport

M50

Key features:

  • M Aerodynamics package
  • M light alloy wheels
  • LED headlights and LED rear lights
  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • BMW Live Cockpit Plus with BMW Curved Display
  • BMW Operating System 8 with navigation
  • BMW IconicSounds Electric
  • Sport seats
  • M leather steering wheel
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system, based on two BMW M eDrive engines
  • SPORT BOOST
  • Adaptive M suspension
  • Variable sport steering
  • M Sport brake
  • AC charging (11 kW), DC charging (205 ;kW)
  • Heat pump for increased efficiency and pre-temperature setting
  • Reversing Assist Camera
  • Cruise Control with brake function

BMW i4 M50

Test Drive the BMW i4

BMW have really pulled out all the stops on the i4 Gran Coupé, producing a vehicle that is not only practical and useful for everyday life, but fast, emotive and full of character, too.

To experience the BMW i4 first-hand please contact your nearest Stratstone BMW Centre to arrange a test drive.