BMW has now shared some information on the entry-level variant of the all-electric i4 sedan: the i4 eDrive35, with prices starting at $51,400 (plus $995 destination and handling) in the United States. Prices for European markets are yet to be revealed.
Visually, the base model is gonna look not all that different compared with the i4 eDrive40, including the standard 18-inch aero wheels. Inside, you’ll still get a 12.3-inch driver display and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen, with most of the other features and options remaining unchanged from the i4 eDrive40.
The i4 eDrive35 is also gonna be a rear-wheel-drive model, obviously, with a single electric motor on the rear axle, offering 209.5 kW (281 bhp/285 metric hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque; these figures are preliminary estimates, apparently. Compared with the 40, you got 55 metric hp and 30 Nm (22 lb-ft) less, but I guess that’s the point of the base model anyway. The official 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) time is 5.8 seconds, for those who care to know.
The battery pack is gonna be of a 70.2 kWh capacity (66 kWh usable), offering an estimated range of up to 418 km (260 miles), but you gotta wait for the official EPA results. The battery pack can be DC fast-charged at a rate of up to 180 kW, which is claimed to take 32 minutes to juice-up from 10% to 80% SoC.
Production of the 2023 BMW i4 eDrive35 will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022 at the BMW Group Plant in Munich. The first units are expected to arrive in the US in the first quarter of 2023.