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2022 BMW I4
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Horsepower $ 544
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2022 BMW i4 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • There's an M performance version
  • i4 M50's Sport Mode Boost function
  • An alternative to the Tesla Model 3

Cons

  • U.S. deliveries not expected until 2022
  • Huge grille like the 4 Series

With so many automakers threatening to encroach on Tesla's turf, the 2022 BMW i4 is one car that may actually have a chance. A Tesla Model 3 driver ready for something new may want to check out the i4 once it arrives in the U.S. at the beginning of the 2022 calendar year. Here's what to expect from this new electric BMW.

The i4 isn't BMW's only upcoming electric luxury car; the iX SUV is another new model widening consumers' fully electric choices.

So Is It Electric?

Unlike the BMW i3, which offered a range-extending engine as an option, the i4 is completely electric. The sedan will be offered in more than one state of tune, with range on at least one model expected to hit up to 300 miles. BMW has even confirmed that an i4 M model will be available. But even if you don't want the higher-performance i4, the standard model should deliver swift acceleration—just like the 3 Series. With up to 536 hp, some models will have a claimed 0-60 mph time of about 4.0 seconds.

High-Speed Charging Details

With a Level 2 charger at a max of 11 kW of power, the i4 can be fully charged in fewer than eight hours. At a DC fast-charging station, the i4 can accept a charge up to 200 kW, and 10 minutes of charging results in a 90-mile gain in range.

The i4 M50: A New Generation of M Performance

The M50 is BMW's first all-electric M car and builds on an athletic i4 foundation that already comes with features like standard launch control and a lower center of gravity than the 3 Series sedan due to battery location. The M50 is available only with a rear biased AWD system and includes an adjustable adaptive suspension and added chassis bracing for greater steering precision. M Sport brakes are included, and the M50 comes with a boost function in Sport mode that adds a burst of 67 hp and 48 lb-ft of torque for short periods of time. Unique aero for the M50 includes side air intakes for improved brake cooling and a tailgate spoiler to slice through the air better.

What Tech Will It Have?

The 2022 BMW i4 will come with iDrive 8 and all the latest tech from the luxury automaker, including a digital instrument cluster and an infotainment screen that's curved slightly toward the driver. Both displays will be placed behind a slim non-reflective glass, and the head-up display is said to be integrated flush into the surface of the instrument panel, which may eliminate one of the biggest issues with current head-up displays: The reflection the system makes on the front windshield, even when you're not using it.

The digital instrument cluster will change its content based on whether you're in the standard, sport, or efficient-driving modes. Also, expect BMW to offer a semi-autonomous driving mode made possible by the combination of a number of different technologies. As with iDrive 7, the newer system can handle over-the-air updates, so your infotainment system may improve and change over time.

Additional cabin tech includes a standard 10-speaker sound system with the option to upgrade to a 16-speaker Harman Kardon setup. The i4's interior features a three-zone climate control system, and its infotainment system includes navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

i4 Models, Pricing, and Release Date

BMW's fully electric four-door hatchback will be available in two models. The 2022 BMW i4 eDrive40 will start in the mid-$50,000 range with standard RWD. Go for the 2022 BMW i4 M50 and you'll get a 201-hp boost as well as standard AWD and a price hike of about $10,000. Expect to see new i4s in dealers by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

Safety

Although it's too early for testing results from the NHTSA or IIHS, active safety for the i4 includes tech we've become familiar with like emergency braking, lane centering, and blind-spot monitoring. Rear cross-traffic alert and parking sensors are also included, and adaptive cruise control is available.

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2022 BMW I4 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Motors, Dual Electric
Transmission Name
Transmission, 1 Speed Automatic
Trim
M50 Sedan
Class
Premium Compact Passenger Car
Horsepower
544
Standard MPG
N/R
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Electricity
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Full Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Powertrain Warranty Months
36
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated