2023 BMW i4 eDrive35 Announced In The US As $52,395 Base Model

BMW has added what will likely become the base model of the i4 lineup, the i4 eDrive35, which gets a smaller 70.2 kWh battery (good for 260 miles of range), along with a single 281 horsepower motor. and 295 lb-ft which pushes it to sixty in 5.8 seconds. This model variant will debut in Europe first, in Q4 2022, with US deliveries expected to begin in Q1 2023.

Pricing for the i4 eDrive35 starts at $52,395, including the $995 destination charge, but it doesn’t include the $7,500 federal tax credit or state incentives. The 260-mile range has not been officially confirmed by the EPA; this is currently only a BMW estimate and is only for 18-inch aero wheels.

Charging speed is down slightly from the eDrive40 and M50 variants, which both have a different 83.9 kWh battery (80.7 kWh usable) and can be charged at up to 200 kW. The eDrive35 model won’t charge to more than 180 kW, or 10 to 80 percent, in 32 minutes, according to BMW, just a minute longer than the other two models with the highest charge rate.

The range king of the i4 lineup is the eDrive40 model which is rated at 301 miles by the EPA, but again only with the small aero wheels; move up to 19-inch wheels and range drops to 282 miles. BMW didn’t say how much the larger wheels reduce the eDrive35’s range, but it’s likely less than 240 miles.

The i4 has only been on the market for a few months in the US, so it’s probably only sold in the hundreds so far, but with this new, more affordable version, it could cause a stir. In its second-quarter US sales report this year, BMW said it sold 2,600 EVs in the quarter, but that’s likely mostly the iX, not the i4.

Globally, BMW says it has sold 57,000 all-electric vehicles and expects BEVs to make up 50% of all vehicles it sells by 2030.

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