Looks like: The eDrive40 looks like the i4 we saw back in March; the i4 M50 looks a bit meaner
Competes with: Polestar 2, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S
Powertrain: 335-horsepower single electric motor, rear-wheel drive (eDrive40); 536-hp dual motor, all-wheel drive (M50); 81.5 (net) kilowatt-hour battery
Hits dealerships: First quarter of 2022
In mid-March 2021, BMW finally revealed images of the production version of its upcoming 2022 i4 all-electric sedan but with few particulars. We now have official details about the i4 in both its longer-range eDrive40 configuration with a single motor and rear-wheel drive, as well as the performance-oriented M50 variant with dual motors.
BMW is calling the M50 “the first fully-electric performance model to come from BMW M GmbH,” though the name suggests there’s still room for more performance because it’s more akin to the M340 and M440 than the hardcore M3 and M4. Note: The M340 and M440 are already impressive performers, so that isn’t a knock on the i4 M50 capabilities as much as it is hope that BMW has an all-electric ace in the hole.