BMW will bring a more affordable i4 EV to the US next year

BMW already offers two different versions of its all-electric i4 sedan in the US, but the automaker will be adding a third, more affordable variant to the mix starting next year. On Monday, BMW announced the 2023 i4 eDrive35. The EV will start at $52,395 — including a $995 destination charge — when it arrives in the US in Q1 2023.

As the entry-level model in BMW’s i4 range, the eDrive35 has a smaller battery and less powerful motor than its eDrive40 and M50 stablemates. With a usable capacity of 66 kWh, BMW estimates the eDrive35 will be good for an EPA range of around 260 miles. In contrast, you can expect to cover around 271 miles with the M50 and 301 miles with the eDrive40. With DC fast charging, the battery of the eDrive35 can be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent in about half an hour.

With a single rear axle motor, the eDrive35 also puts out less power than its two counterparts. It has an estimated power output of 281 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. That’s 55 hp less than the eDrive 40. However, it doesn’t appear that the eDrive35 will be much slower than its more expensive sibling. BMW says the car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The eDrive40 manages the same feat in 5.5 seconds. All in all, these are reasonable trade-offs considering the eDrive40 and M50 start at $56,395 and $66,895, respectively.

Inside, the eDrive35 features the same dashboard assembly as the eDrive40. Expect a 12.3-inch infotainment display and 14.9-inch instrument panel behind a single curved glass surface. It should also come with the same safety features, including adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. BMW expects to start production of the 2023 i4 eDrive35 before the end of the year.

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