[UPDATE] BMW USA has released details of the i4 eDrive35, which will cost $51,400 (plus $995 at destination) and have an estimated range of 260 miles (418 kilometers). The first customer deliveries are scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.
Until now, it was extremely easy to decide which BMW i4 version to have since only the eDrive40 and M50 were available. Going forward, a third flavor will be available as there is a new eDrive35 serving as an entry-level offering. Interestingly, Canada is the first market to get the cheapest variant of the electric gran tourer, and other regions will follow in due course.
BMW has yet to release images of the new i4 eDrive35, but that’s likely because it looks exactly like the eDrive40, save for the badging on the rear. We’ve got the essential tech specs to share, showing a rear-mounted electric motor producing 282 horsepower (210 kilowatts and 400 Newton-meters (295 pound-feet) of torque. That means it’s down 53 horsepower. hp (40 kW) and 30 Nm (22 lb-ft) compared to the i4 eDrive40.
How does the deficit affect performance? BMW claims the new i4 eDrive35 needs six seconds flat to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill, making it three-tenths of a second slower than the eDrive40. There’s no word on top speed, but we’ll remind you that the previous base version is electronically governed at 118 mph (190 kph).
Besides having less punch, the i4 eDrive35 has a smaller battery with a net capacity of 66 kWh while the eDrive40 uses an 80.7 kWh pack. It has enough juice for 304 miles (490 kilometers) of range in the WLTP cycle, which is 62 miles (100 km) less than the eDrive40. EPA figures weren’t disclosed at the time of writing, but we do know that the eDrive40 goes 301 miles (384 km) with the smaller 18-inch wheels and 282 miles (454 km) with the 19 inch set.
Production is expected to start in November at the Munich factory and it will also receive the Gen5 eDrive and OS 8 with the curved screen. How much is it going to cost? Well, less than the $55,900 BMW USA charges for the i4 eDrive40. With us in Germany, the price will drop from the 59,200 € that the luxury car manufacturer wants for the “40” model.