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BMW introduces lower spec i4 eDrive35 starting under $53K

BMW introduced a 3rd variant to its all-electric i4 vary right this moment – the eDrive35. As a lower-performance, single motor EV, the eDrive35 will arrive as probably the most inexpensive possibility of one among BMW’s lowest-priced EVs. At just some thousand {dollars} lower than its eDrive40 sibling, we will’t assist however surprise if this automobile is important? You may be taught extra under and resolve for your self.

The BMW i4 is a flagship mannequin for the German automaker because it slowly however absolutely transitions into an all-electric vary of autos (effectively… 50% by 2030). Preliminary i4 deliveries began in the fall of 2021 and have included two totally different variations of the compact sedan – the eDrive40 and M50.

The mannequin has since been joined by the iX SUV and its divisive entrance finish, which will likely be adopted by the a lot pricier i7 sedan, set to ship within the US earlier than the top of 2022. Though BMW has additionally promised to ship a brand new electrified version of the X1 to reach as its most inexpensive EV, the i4 presently holds the cut price crown.

Now, BMW has launched a 3rd variation of the i4 with an MSRP under the earlier pricing basement with its eDrive40. Right here’s the i4 eDrive35.

BMW i4 eDrive35 coming in Q1 of 2023 with 260-mile vary

BMW formally launched its latest and lowest-priced model of the i4 in a press release right this moment, sharing some specs and pricing US shoppers can anticipate to see.

Based on the automaker, the most recent model of the EV options the identical Gen5 eDrive powertrain expertise discovered inside its i4 siblings in addition to the iX. Nonetheless, the BMW i4 eDrive35 includes a smaller 70.2 kWh battery pack that provides 66 kWh web power.

The result’s decrease estimated vary, particularly in comparison with the eDrive40 and its 81 kWh pack. The eDrive35 may even ship considerably much less horsepower and torque in comparison with each different fashions and barely decrease acceleration than its single-motor counterpart within the eDrive40.

Right here’s a side-by-side comparability of all three i4 choices:

BMW i4 variant eDrive35 eDrive40 M50
Powertrain Single-motor Single-motor Twin-motor
Battery pack 70.2 kWh 81 kWh 81 kWh
Horsepower 281 HP 335 HP 536 HP
Torque 295 lb.-ft 317 lb.-ft 586 lb.-ft
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 5.8 seconds 5.5 seconds 3.7 seconds
Est. Vary 261 miles 282-301 miles 227-271 miles
Beginning MSRP* $52,395 $56,895 $68,295
* – Consists of $995 vacation spot and dealing with charges

The final distinction you’ll discover is beginning MSRP. The i4 eDrive35 will likely be BMW’s most inexpensive EV possibility within the US, however even with vacation spot and dealing with, it solely prices $4,500 lower than the eDrive40.

Based on BMW, manufacturing of the i4 eDrive35 is anticipated to start in Munich in This fall of this 12 months adopted by US deliveries in Q1 of 2023.

Electrek’s Take

It’s by no means dangerous information once we hear of a brand new and extra inexpensive EV trim, however on this occasion, I’m scratching my head a bit.

The i4 is already BMW’s “inexpensive” EV possibility, and its two present variations are spaced out in worth fairly effectively in my view, based mostly on what you get performance-wise. I drove the M50 for per week and located it to be utterly satisfactory, however to me it felt like a automobile designed to assist loyal BMW drivers transition to an EV.

It drove like a combustion automobile to me with its lack of true one-pedal driving and creeping any time you took your foot off the accelerator. Some individuals in all probability like that, however I personally don’t. In any case, I digress.

We have already got the single-motor BMW i4 eDrive40, one other completely satisfactory possibility priced simply over $55k. Completely positive. So why introduce a 3rd possibility with barely decrease specs for $4,500 much less? When you’re over $50K, does that $4,500 actually make that massive of a distinction?

Personally, I’d spring for the eDrive40 only for the added vary. The higher efficiency would merely be a bonus. Did BMW have a bunch of additional smaller battery packs mendacity round and assume, “what the hell, let’s throw collectively a 3rd possibility?”

Extra choices are normally higher for shoppers, particularly when they’re cheaper, however this new mannequin feels half-baked and pointless to me. I’d fairly see these efforts going right into a BMW mannequin priced within the $35-$40K vary. Maybe we’ll see that within the iX1.

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