After first unveiling its i4 electric sedan in March, BMW has now released more details on availability and pricing. The German automaker also shared details about its luxury version of the sedan, the M50, and its iX luxury SUV.
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The i4 M50 offers us even more to get excited about, such as a heavier battery, more appearance and an impressive interior. The M50 has both rear and front four-wheel drive motors, increasing torque to 586 pound-feet and power to 535 horsepower. It can also reach 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds. That’s impressive, but it loses some of its luster when you consider that it uses the same battery as the base i4 model, reducing range to just 240 miles.
The 72-cell battery runs on 400 volts, but has a nice 200 kW charge capacity that can be recharged with a decent clip — taking just over 30 minutes to get from 10 to 80 percent. Reportedly, just 10 minutes of 200kW charging adds 90 miles to the battery, which is great if you’re in a rush.
The interior features a 14.9-inch control display and a 12.3-inch information display, all behind a single piece of curved glass. Both will be powered by the 8th-generation iDrive system, which is 20 times more powerful than previous iterations, and both will be able to support Level 2 and Level 3 autonomous driving. The i4 M50 has BMW’s illustrious M badge (with the technology, smarts and balanced responsiveness to back it up) and starts at $65,900. It will also arrive in early 2022.
BMW’s iX xDrive 50 luxury SUV also has impressive high-performance specs, but it also comes with a premium price tag, starting at $83,200. Two electric motors give you 516 horsepower and four-wheel drive, and the ability to go from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds. A 105.2 kWh battery provides up to 300 miles on a single charge, which is slightly less than the 360 miles of the Tesla Model X. The iX has the same 14.9-inch and 12.3-inch interior displays and runs on the same iDrive 8 system. Pre-orders for the iX will open sometime in mid-2021.
Each of the vehicles also requires an additional $995 destination fee and will be available in the United States in the first quarter of 2022. BMW also said a 600 horsepower version of the iX M60 will arrive later, so keep your eyes peeled.