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BMW India Drives In The All-electric i4 Sedan At Rs 69.9 Lakh


The electric sedan rounds off BMW Group’s initial launch plans of three EVs, which includes the Mini Cooper SE and BMW iX SUV

 

  • BMW i4 launched in India at Rs 69.9 lakh (ex-showroom).
  • It will be offered in a single eDrive40 RWD variant.
  • Puts out 340PS and is paired with a 80.3kWh battery pack.
  • WLTP-claimed range stands at 590km.
  • Notable features include 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Harman Kardon sound system, and ambient lighting.
  • Rivals Volvo XC40 Recharge and upcoming Kia EV6.

The all-electric BMW i4 sedan has been launched in India from Rs 69.9 lakh (ex-showroom). Bookings for the all-electric sedan are underway online and you can bring one home from July onwards. The i4 electric sedan was globally unveiled in March 2021 and will be brought to India as a completely built unit. 

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Today, BMW India has confirmed that the electric sedan will be brought to India in its eDrive40 guise. A single electric motor powering the rear wheels puts out 340PS, helping it do 0-100kmph in just 5.7 seconds. A 80.3kWh battery pack helps it deliver an impressive WLTP-claimed range of 590km, which BMW claims is one of the highest for an EV in India. Internationally, there is a more powerful M50 trim on sale. 

Coming to the charging options, you can top up your i4’s battery via three options:

Charger Type

Speed

205kW DC Fast Charger

10-80 percent in 31 minutes / 164km range in 10 minutes

50kW DC Fast Charger 

10-80 percent in 1 hour 23 minutes / 100km range in 18 minutes

11kW AC Home Charger 

0-100 percent in about eight and a half hours

The initial lot of customers will be given the home charging option at no extra cost. Plus, BMW has installed fast chargers at its dealerships in 34 cities.  

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Moving on, the next point of focus is handling. BMW has managed to achieve a 50:50 weight distribution balance, allowing it for better handling. Plus, the low placement of the battery gives it a lower centre of gravity and cornering should be fun. The rear wheels sit on air suspension and should help it deliver good ride quality. But we’ll put it through a litmus test and bring our verdict in our detailed first drive review soon. 

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When it comes to features, the i4 will get a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, a 464W 17-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, wireless phone charger, wireless smartphone connectivity, powered front seats, and ambient lighting. It also gets safety bits like multiple airbags, electronic stability control, tyre pressure monitoring system, and ISOFIX child seat mounts. No Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) on offer, though. 

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To know more about the exterior and interior design, read our detailed unveiling report of the all-electric i4. The electric sedan doesn’t have any direct rivals, but at these prices it will have to fend competition from the Volvo XC40 Recharge and upcoming Kia EV6

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