The 2023 BMW i4 lineup expands just one year after its introduction. It adds a new entry-level model called the i4 eDrive35. Available exclusively in single-motor configuration, BMW’s preliminary estimates project it produces 281 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. On a single charge, the i4 eDrive35 can travel up to 260 miles on the EPA cycle according to the automaker. However, that’s only on models with 18-inch aero wheels.
This version uses a smaller 70.2-kWh battery pack with a usable capacity of 66 kWh. Its peak DC charging speed, on the other hand, tops out at 180 kW. That’s lower than the eDrive40 and M50 models, which can reach 200 kW. Despite the lower rate, the i4 eDrive35 still manages to DC charge from 10 to 80 percent in 32 minutes.
Like the i4 eDrive40 and M50 models, the eDrive35 gets BMW’s Drive 8.0 interface. It includes a 12.3-inch digital cluster and a 14.9-inch main touchscreen housed under a single curved glass panel. The car also benefits from the ConnectedDrive digital services suite and over-the-air (OTA) software updates.
2023 BMW i4: How Much Will it Cost?
Pricing for the 2023 BMW i4 eDrive35 starts at $52,395 with deliveries starting in the first quarter of 2023. Like the other i4 models, BMW will build this variant at the Group’s Munich plant. Other changes for 2023 include the addition of the BMW M 50 Years Emblems as an option for the i4 M50. BMW also discontinued the Midnight Gray bi-color 18-inch M wheels. Additionally, it took the Iconic Sounds Electric feature out of the Premium package.
The starting price for the i4 Drive40 increases by $500 to $56,895. High-performance i4 M50 models get a more substantial $1,400 bump to $68,295. Currently, the i4 lineup serves as the entry point to the BMW brand’s electric vehicles. Having the i4 eDrive35 expands the car’s reach by lowering its price tag. A fourth variant called the i4 xDrive40 is expected to join the lineup in other global markets. However, BMW has yet to announce if it’s bound for North America.