Electric driving pleasure has arrived at the heart of the BMW brand and it’s now coming from the core of the model range. It’s not the first EV from the BMW, it’s the second after the 2022 BMW iX. Now, this is really a junior BMW or a junior EV one that’s meant to be more affordable and more accessible. The new 2022 BMW i4 combines convincing e-drive performance with a new digital experience in bold gran coupe design.
For a bit of perspective, the 2022 BMW i4 is the all-electric version of the 4-series gran coupe which itself is the 4-door coupe derivative of the 3-series in size.
2022 BMW i4 appearance and design
The front obviously centers around the BMW kidney but on this electric powerhouse, it comes in the shape of an intelligent panel. The oversized kidney grille is loud and brash a controversial design trend we are seeing on new BMWs. The kidney holds sensory technology underneath the stylish design and the blue highlights mark it as one of the electric vehicle innovations. Slim LED or laser headlights provide the typically focused expression. With no engine to cool, the trademark BMW kidney grille becomes a home for the sensors and smart technology that put the i4 models at the cutting edge of innovation.
The kidney being closed off, the sporty black inlay and the air curtains are just the tips of the aerodynamic refinements of the 2022 BMW i4. This continues along the dynamic four-door grand coupe roofline. The flowing roofline and shorter rear deck lend the eye for a sexier silhouette
Down the side, here aerodynamics and style are combined in smooth surfaces with sharp lines and in the flush door handles. Not to forget the lightweight 19-inch air performance wheels with aluminum inlays reducing air drag.
Their special design also contributes to the enhanced e-drive range, long three-dimensional taillights, and sharp outer edges frame. The rear with a prominent diffuser for a sporty stance. This finishes off the aerodynamic concept also highlighted in BMW i blue.
2022 BMW i4 interiors
The first impression you get from the 2022 BMW i4 interior is this is really the driver-oriented. The sculptural BMW curved display is inclined towards you and it gives you an ideal ergonomic condition for your interaction. Just a minimal number of physical controls are also design highlights in the generous space which opens up around you.
In terms of equipment, the features include three-zone climate control, LED ambient lighting, a sunroof, a 17 speaker Harman Kardon surround system (in India) while HiFi Sound System with a 205-watt digital amplifier (in the US), and a rear air suspension.
The surface trims there is classy open pour wood and also in here some blue highlights set the BMW i tone. As a rear seat passenger in the BMW i4, you get to experience this traveling comfort. Three people can enjoy ample head and legroom. The door design connects seamlessly to the comfortable backrest and folding down the backrest reveals also the great usability of the i4.
You can expand the boot volume from 290 liters to an almost touring model level of 470 liters traveling comfortably across the country confidently in the city or swiftly on the motorway.
2022 BMW i4 Engine and performance
The newly developed BMW e-drive engine in the BMW i4 e-drive 40 makes no compromise with a maximum power output of 250 kilowatts or 340 horsepower. Housed under the floor is an 83.9-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that powers the electric motor at the rear axle on the i4 eDrive40.
It can accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers an hour in under six seconds. It is able to take you to an electric driving range of up to 590 kilometers. This performance is backed up by an innovative construction of drive train technology which enhances weight distribution dynamics and energy consumption.
It is complemented and balanced by the latest intelligent BMW efficiency features and BMW driver assistance systems. The 2022 BMW i4 has the right ingredients and established itself as a fun driver’s car.
The production of the car and its battery cells runs on 100 renewable energies. No rare earth elements are used in the electric drive components. This means the BMW i4 doesn’t just drive locally emission-free, it’s also based on a consistently sustainable production concept.
The i4 M50 comes with M aerodynamic kit. 400 kilowatts or 544 horsepower are delivered by its two BMW M e-drive motors with extreme spontaneity, accelerating from zero to100 kilometers an hour in 3.9 seconds. Maximum driving precision and optimized dynamics come in a powerful exterior with a wide individualization offer like the M carbon exterior package and various frozen body colors in the BMW i4.
The BMW IconicSounds Electric was created in cooperation with oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer. Round off your driving experience with a special vehicle sound design for different driving situations and also the i4 M50 received a special M sound treatment. These sounds will be available from 2022 by over-the-air updates for all models.
BMW i40 features comfort and convenience
New BMW iDrive makes sure that enjoyable, convenient, and smart use of the BMW i4 is not just about actual driving. It comes in a new interface design on the BMW curved display which you can individualize in new ways and while the car takes care of you widely on its own with a lot of automated functions, you can use the touch display and your voice for easy and more natural interaction with it.
The BMW intelligent personal assistant now reacts to the driver as well as to the passenger in a more direct and natural way with an engaging new visualization. Just talk to your BMW for example to regulate climate control or ask it, hey BMW! open all the windows.
The assistant has also become more intelligent. If you’ve regularly opened your window at one certain location for example your assistant recognizes that and proactively suggests to you to set this location as an automatic window opening point.
With the new BMW iDrive, the use of Apple CarPlay is even more seamless. On the BMW curved display, you can access all kinds of iPhone apps even for parking and charging and using your apps in CarPlay. Voice assistant Siri is there for you at your request without the need to even push a button.
For your navigation, Apple Maps is perfectly integrated into the new instrument cluster. The head-up display also shows you the next turn and in the future, you can also lookout for new features like EV routes in Apple Maps.
BMW i4 comes with a 5G e-sim
The BMW i4 comes with a 5G capable e-sim which will make the connectivity services like communication, infotainment, and the safety features 20 times faster than before. The car basically becomes one of your smart mobile devices itself. This personal e-sim is provided by preferred mobile network partners and is tied to the driver which means it even follows you when you are using a different vehicle.
Meanwhile, my BMW app not only gives you a full overview and control over your charging process for example by showing us charging history and the possibility to define a charging plan but my BMW app keeps you connected to your BMW i4 on all sorts of levels from wherever you are.
The i4 safety and security features
The all-electric gran coupe BMW i4 is equipped with tons of features both for the safety of passengers and the security of the vehicle as well. The Active Driving Assitant feature can give frontal collision warnings, actively detect blind spots, and also give lane departure warnings and speed limit information. It also has
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Brake Fade Compensation
- Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features
- Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
BMW i4 charging features and services
The best premise for topping up electric energy for your BMW i4 is set by the BMW charging offer at your home. The BMW wool box offers powerful charging and convenient and safe handling with charging times from zero to a hundred percent in less than eight and a half hours. Professional installation via BMW service partner and also special green energy tariffs are available for it.
The smart partner wool box goes further with advanced connectivity which means intelligent charging services or smart home integration. Another mobile and flexible solution for home charging is included with the standard equipment of the BMW i4.
The flexible fast charger can be used at home with the usual electric household socket and also with different outlets including industrial high voltage sockets via different adapter cables and it always adapts to your charging infrastructure charging with a performance of up to 11 kilowatts. Of course, charging the BMW i4 out and about is just as easy with the included public charging cable for AC charging stations.
It is also part of the BMW charging basics that i4 drivers receive is access to these public charge points with the BMW charging card or by the app. Make sure to check for attractive tariffs and local offers exclusively available for BMW charging customers.
Especially on long trips, the BMW i4’s maximum charging performance of up to 200 kilowatts comes in handy. It makes it possible to gain 164 kilometers in range with just a 10minute charging stop. A full high power charge of up to 80 percent only takes about half an hour.
2022 BMW i4 variants, price, and the rivals
2022 BMW i4 comes in two variant. The BMW i4 eDrive40 and i4 M50. The M50 variant comes the M aerodynamic kit. Apart from high power motor, it comes with Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled damper, and M sport Brakes with blue calliper. All other driving assist and safety features are common in both the models. At this price range and feature the 2022 BMW i4 comes in direct rivalry with Tesla Model S, Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron, and KIA EV6.
The M50 variants also feature BMW’s xDrive all wheel drive system. The electric motors are mounted on both the axles and they supply to all wheels at the same time that gives M50 an excellent acceleration and help to achieve 0-60mph in just 3.7 seconds and a limited top speed of 130mph.
The price for i4 eDrive40 starts at Rs. 69.90 lakhs in India and $55,400. While the price for M50 variant is not declared in Indian yet but it comes at a price tag of $65,900 in the United States.