BMW has built its reputation on luxury cars with a performance spin. The German automaker is also known for a multitude of performance and body-style versions built on common platforms and powertrains. It can be a lot to take in.
The lineup includes gas-only, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, with body styles comprising SUVs, sedans, coupes and convertibles, as well as the four-door fastback versions of SUVs and sedans that European automakers favor. Call it the automotive equivalent of Beethoven’s 32 Variations on an Original Theme in C minor.
The 2022 model year brings mostly minor updates in feature packaging, along with some new colors, but highlights include two new electric vehicles — including BMW’s first all-electric SUV. Here’s a look at what we know is new with the brand for 2022.
The quirky i3 electric subcompact is discontinued for 2022.
New for 2022, the i4 is a small electric performance sedan similar in size and design to the gasoline 4 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door fastback that’s resembles the 3 Series sedan. An i4 eDrive40 version has rear-wheel drive and a single 335-horsepower electric motor, while an i4 M50 version has performance chassis upgrades and dual-motor all-wheel drive for a total system output of 536 hp. EPA range ratings are not yet posted as of this writing, but BMW estimates ranges for the two models will come in at 300 and 245 miles, respectively, on their 81.5-kilowatt-hour batteries. The i4 will have fast-charging capability for up to 200 kilowatts and compete with Tesla’s Model 3. BMW is taking preorders for the sedan, with deliveries due in early 2022.