A pair of sleek and stunning displays of electrification, the 2022 BMW i4 eDrive40 and i4 M50, are set to arrive in Canada early next year.
At first glance, BMW’s i4 M50 embodies the signature U-shape of its M series brethren with some distinct i4 features. These include side air intakes for brake cooling and Cerium Grey trim surrounding the kidney grille, mirror caps and outer edges of the rear bumper. Additional changes to the ever driver-focused cockpit, with an all new curved display, 12.3-inch information display and 14.9-inch control display, truly accentuate the new-generation model.
The eDrive40 will arrive on a fifth-generation all-wheel-drive eDrive platform, offering a power output of 335hp with an estimated range of 475 km. The i4’s electric motor, electronics and transmission will feature together in one housing with batteries up to a 200 kW capacity, rapidly charging up to 11 kW.
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The i4 M50 model will arrive with 536hp and an estimated range of 385 km, and a Sport Boost function that when engaged, the system increases the maximum motor capacity to 536hp for over ten seconds, outputting 586 lb-ft of torque. Both models feature a launch control function for punchy acceleration, torque oscillation and traction at high speeds.
BMW says the i4’s included Combined Charging Unit allows a Level 2 charge of 0-100 per cent charge in nearly eight hours, while a DC fast-charger can supply a 145 km range within 10 minutes.
Both models come standard with shock absorbers, rear air suspension, electromechanical steering with Servotronic function, integrated braking system, Dynamic Stability Control systems and near-actuator wheel slip limitation. The i4 M50 goes a step forward with adaptive M suspension, anti-roll bars, variable sport steering, M Sport brakes and M light-alloy wheels.
BMW’s electric motors are made without the use of rare earth materials, and high-voltage batteries used contain less than ten per cent cobalt contents, which, along with lithium, is transparently sourced and monitored by the BMW Group.
The 2022 BMW i4 eDrive40 and i4 M50 models are expected to arrive in Canada in early 2022, with pricing details to be announced beforehand.