• BMW continues its EV offensive in South Africa with the price announcement for its i4 sedan.
• Only one model will make up the i4 range, the 400kW M50.
• BMW's new electric sedan will sell from R1 600 000.
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BMW South Africa announced pricing for its upcoming i4 M50 all-electric sedan. The car, the EV (electric vehicle) version of the 3- and 4 Series, will launch in the country imminently, with the pricing set rather aggressively - contextually speaking.
According to the German automaker's official South African website, the new i4 will retail from R1 600 000 (before options), and only one model, the M50, will be on offer for the moment. The car's pricing puts it between the iX (from R1 650 000) and iX3. The latter has also recently been added to the local portfolio and begins life at R1 290 000.
The i4 M50 is powered by an 83.9kWh battery, of which 80.7kWh are usable. Power outputs for the battery are rated at 400kW and 795Nm, allowing the car to launch from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds. The top speed is 225km/h. Top speed aside, the sprint time puts the i4 M50 on par with the rear-wheel drive M3.
Both the i4 M50 and iX3 will arrive in Q3 of this year.
As we've come to experience from various charging stations, the time it takes to recharge your EV's battery can take a while. In this instance, BMW gave prospective clients an idea of how long it can take their i4 M50s to recharge the battery with 100km of driving range.
Using an 11kW wall box, BMW says that the i4 M50 should see an additional 100km of range being added in one hour 36 minutes, while a 2.3kW household socket will take approximately 08h07min to add the same range. Using a 50kW fast-charger, 100km of range will be added just in 21 minutes.
The i4 M50's claimed driving range is rated between 416km and 521km.
Like many of its rivals, BMW South Africa is on the electric offensive and will expand its EV portfolio throughout 2022 and beyond. The current line-up includes the i3 and iX, with the i4 and iX3 added recently. The automaker's local website shows that the iX1 SUV and i7 sedan are also earmarked for local introductions.