BMW's commitment to all-electric transportation is evident. The BMW i4 is the company's first electric car that is solely focused on driving dynamics. For the first time, locally emission-free driving pleasure, uncompromised premium quality, and customer-oriented individualization are available in the conventional midsize segment's core. The BMW i4 blends the exquisite style, spaciousness, and convenience of a four-door Gran Coupé with BMW's famed sporting capability and a range that also impresses on long travels.
The BMW i4 will be powered by a single electric motor and will have an 83.9 kWh battery with a weight of roughly 550kg. As a consequence, the automobile will be hefty, but its performance will be outstanding. That's owing to the BMW i4's eighth-generation iDrive management system, the company's most powerful to date, which helps extract the maximum power from that powertrain.
According to the initial official numbers, the base model can reach from 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds and has a range of up to 367 miles, while the performance variant i4 M50, the first purely electric performance car from the brand will have a range of 317 miles. After all, that greater power does come with certain trade-offs. The M50's 'Sport Boost' will also propel you from zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, with a peak speed of nearly 124 mph projected.
The i4 is compatible with 200kW charging stations, so charging should be speedy. If you can find one, you should be able to charge from 10% to 80% in roughly 31 minutes. For the first 12 months, i4 owners will have free access to BP Pulse and Ionity Plus charging stations.
The BMW i4's front end is dominated by yet another of the company's wild grille designs, while bright blue flourishes all over the vehicle emphasizing that it is an all-electric vehicle. Because of its four doors, the i4 is also longer than a BMW 4 Series Coupe, though its appearance is still fairly streamlined. The rear end features more blue aesthetic elements, as well as a diffuser that serves to break up the design with its contrasting color.
The iDrive control system, which will be built on crisp new high-resolution screens and a slew of touch controls will be at the center in the interior. Indeed, BMW's brilliant new curved display is set to be a standout, and it continues the concept established by the company's previous curved displays.
A rotary dial on the center console will operate both the digital instruments and the infotainment system. With over-the-air updates, new features and functionalities may be introduced over time without the need for a dealership visit.
A trio of driving modes will be available: Core, Sport, and Efficient, which will let drivers to select between performance and battery consumption, or both. Keep an eye out for a related feature that allows users to customize the i4's external graphics and lighting effects depending on the mode they choose. This experience is reported to have special sound effects created in collaboration with Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer.
Level 2 driving assistance technologies will be available on the BMW i4. The car doesn't come close to fully autonomous driving, but it does relieve the driver of some of the burden, allowing for a calmer and more enjoyable journey.
Lane keeping, blind-spot recognition, emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control are among the technologies available. All of these features are now standard on most mid-range electric cars, therefore the i4 offers nothing especially unique.
Especially since the driver will very certainly be required to maintain their hands on the steering wheel, even if the car is performing part of the driving for them.
The BMW i4 might not have impressive numbers to flaunt but like the Gasoline cars, BMWs are know to be ultimate driving machines and these cars are expected to deliver the same level of outstanding driving experience we all desire.
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