2022 BMW i4: Famed platform adds a green twist


“For those who were concerned that electrification would ruin BMW’s core sedan, all we can say is, worry nothing. increase.

As its name suggests, the i4 is the EV version of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Its sleek, four-door sedan-esque body is indistinguishable from a petrol car, featuring the same long roofline, frameless door glass, and liftgate in the rear instead of the trunk. This works in the i4’s favour, as the Gran Coupe offers more rear seat space and better cargo access than any 3 Series sedan. And it looks great to boot. Besides, the name i3 was already taken.

We previously tested the M50, a high-performance variant of the i4 called the ‘EV M3’, and were very impressed. The eDrive40 is a more mainstream and cheaper version, but in many ways a more attractive EV, not to mention the petrol car he is a serious alternative to the BMW 430i Gran Coupe.

In contrast to the M50, dual motors produce 536 hp and power all four wheels. The eDrive40 has a single rear motor that sends 335 horsepower to the rear wheels. Still, his 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder turbocharged engine in the 430i puts out just 255 horsepower. On the track, the eDrive40 got him to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and at 106 mph in 13.4 seconds he did the quarter mile. That’s faster than the rear-wheel-drive Tesla Model 3 Long Range, which hit 60 mph in 5.0 seconds and crossed the stripes at 101 mph in 13.8 seconds. On the other hand, the last 430i we tested (admittedly a convertible, not a gran coupe; identical engine, just over 100 pounds difference in weight) hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and 98 mph in 14.1 seconds. covered a quarter of a mile. Bottom line: the single-motor i4 is plenty fast. ”

— Dan Edmonds, car and driver


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