2022 BMW i4

Release Date: Winter 2021-Spring 2022
Estimated Price: Starting at $56,395
  • All-new electric BMW sedan
  • Estimated 300 miles of range
  • M50 version boasts up to 536 hp and 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds
  • This will be the debut of the first-generation BMW i4
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2022 BMW i4 Review
V8-like power and 300 miles of range from BMW's newest EV
What is the i4?

BMW's first foray into the electrified future was the diminutive and innovative i3 that came out for the 2014 model year. Now it's readying what you might consider to be its successor: the 2022 BMW i4.

The new i4 is an electric small luxury sedan aimed squarely at Tesla's Model 3. It's similar in size as the Model 3 and looks set to offer similar levels of range and performance. Combine that with a feature-packed infotainment system, stellar phone integration and a truly luxurious interior design and you have the recipe for BMW's proper Tesla fighter. Look for it to go on sale starting in late 2021.

What's powering the i4?

The BMW i4 comes in two versions: eDrive40 and M50. The eDrive40 is equipped with a single rear-mounted electric motor that delivers 335 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. BMW says that the i4 in this base configuration can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in a respectably quick 5.7 seconds. Also included are 18-inch wheels and a rear air suspension for keeping the vehicle level when heavy gear is loaded into the back.

Step up to the M50 and you'll get a dual-motor powertrain. An additional front-mounted electric motor provides extra power as well as all-wheel-drive traction. The motors' combined output stands at 469 hp and 538 lb-ft under normal circumstances. Select the Sport drive mode to engage the Sport Boost function and output increases to 536 hp and 586 lb-ft for about 10 seconds. Hammer the accelerator from a standstill and the M50 can rocket from 0 to 62 mph in a claimed 3.9 seconds. Other upgrades for this performance-oriented model include a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers (to further enhance handling and ride comfort), upgraded brakes, and 19-inch wheels with staggered tires.

What's the i4's charging and range like?

Both i4 versions employ a battery pack with 81.5 kWh of usable capacity. BMW estimates that this will be good for 300 miles on a full battery charge in the rear-drive eDrive40 configuration. That figure decreases to 240 miles in the sportier M50.

Most i4 buyers will be charging at home using a 240-volt Level 2 station. BMW says the i4 will fully charge from empty in eight hours when plugged into this kind of station. Owners can also tap into the growing network of DC fast-charging stations if they want to charge quickly while on the road. The i4 supports charging rates of up to 200 kW and can add up to 90 miles of range in just 10 minutes in ideal circumstances. BMW has even collaborated with EVgo to give buyers and lessees a $100 charging credit when plugged into stations operated by EVgo and its partners.

How's the i4's interior?

The interior design is similar to what you'll find in other recent BMW models and less radical than the i3's. For example, while the i3 had a rocker switch near the steering wheel to engage Drive and Reverse, the i4 has a traditional shift lever on the center console. Surrounding it are a number of physical controls for vehicle drive modes, often-used driver assist systems and the infotainment system. Sandwiched between the control panel and the giant touchscreen (more on that below) are a volume knob and smattering of media buttons.

We don't have a great read on what the BMW i4's sense of space will be like just yet. The i4 is a few inches longer than the 3 Series, which is pretty compact on the inside. The roofline has a coupe-like slope to it, so we're not expecting the i4 to have an abundance of headroom for backseat passengers. The i4 does have a hatchback-style rear trunk, however, which will make it easier to load cargo compared to a traditional-style trunk. We'll update our impressions once we're able to see the i4 in person.

How's the i4's tech?

Flaunting a curved dashboard topped by a huge digital display, the i4 is looking to start at the head of the pack when it comes to technology. The 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and 14.9-inch touchscreen are joined within the housing that BMW calls the Curved Display. Though there is a clear demarcation zone between the two panels, the overall illusion is of a single, massive widescreen display. Besides being visually impressive, the large-format screens are highly useful and configurable.

The i4 is loaded with an impressive array of tech features. First and foremost is the expanded integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for those connecting to their vehicle with a compatible smartphone. For instance, route information and directions from Apple Maps or Google Maps display both on the central touchscreen as well as on the instrument panel and the head-up display. On the safety front, forward collision warning and lane departure warning will be standard. Other features, including adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitor, a 360-degree camera and automated parking, are available via optional packages.

EdmundsEdmunds says

It's been a long time coming for a next-generation electric vehicle from BMW. We're still fans of the i3, and this new 2022 BMW i4 should have even greater appeal. It should be a compelling rival to the Tesla Model 3, especially if you're looking for an EV with a premium interior and sport sedan-worthy performance.

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