BMW has launched a third electric vehicle in India. On May 26, a German car maker drove India’s first luxury electric sedan, the i4. BMW had previously launched the iX Electric SUV. Here’s a quick look at how these two EVs differ in terms of functionality, specifications, performance, and price.
The BMW i4 is the latest electric vehicle to be launched in India.the price is ￡The new i4 at Rs 69.900 million (in front of the showroom and for beginners) is the first of several aspects in India’s emerging electric vehicle market. This is the first suitable luxury electric sedan launched in the country. It is also currently the most affordable electric vehicle in the luxury car segment after the Mini Cooper SE. It also offers the highest cruising range of any electric vehicle currently on the market, offering approximately 590km on a single charge.
When automakers launched the iX electric SUV at the end of last year, the promotion of BMW’s electric vehicles in India was very clear. Although there are some similarities between the iX and i4, there are certain characteristics that distinguish an electric sedan from its electric SUV siblings.
Battery and charging
The BMW i4 has a larger battery pack than the iX electric SUV. The electric sedan is equipped with an 80.7kWh lithium-ion battery compared to the 76.6kWh battery pack in BMW iX. It’s a bigger and heavier EV than the i4, so it also has a lower range and performance of the iX.
The BMW i4 also boasts faster charging times. This is an element that is considered one of the key aspects associated with range anxiety and charging infrastructure concerns. Supports 210kw DC fast charging compared to the BMW iX’s 150kW.
BMW offers an 11 kWh home wall box AC charger and i4. This will allow you to fully charge your car in about 8.30 hours. However, with the 50 kW DC quick charger available in India, the i4 can recharge the battery from 10% to 80% in about 83 minutes, or add a 100km equivalent range in just 18 minutes.
The BMW iX uses a smaller battery pack while reducing the time it takes to charge. The 11kW AC household charger can fully recharge the iX in about 7 hours, taking up to 80% charge or 73 minutes to add a 100km range in just over 20 minutes.
When it comes to range, the BMW i4 has no competition. A range of 590 km is provided and may even be an actual number. ARAI certification figures, which have not yet been officially announced, are expected to be higher than this. Even some of the upcoming luxury electric cars will not offer this range, which promises to set aside range anxiety forever. The BMW i4 is typically roughly comparable to an ICE car with an average range of about 600km per full tank.
However, iX does not boast a similar range. In fact, it provides a cruising range of about 425km on a single charge.
Both electric vehicles run using permanent magnet synchronous electric motors. The i4, like the iX, uses only one motor. Both cars offer rear-wheel drive, but there are differences in power and performance.
The BMW i4 can produce a maximum output of 340hp and a maximum torque of 430Nm. The output of iX is as low as 326hp, but the torque value is 600Nm or more.
The BMW i4 can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 5.7 seconds. This is slightly faster than the 6.2 second iX. The maximum speed of i4 is 190kmph compared to 200kmph of iX.
In terms of features, the BMW i4 offers a little more than the iX. However, due to differences in body style, it is also lost in terms of dimensions and space. The i4 is lower than the iX, is over 75 mm compared to an electric SUV, and has a shorter wheelbase, which reduces internal space. As you can see from the boot space numbers, the iX outperforms the i4 by 30 liters. The i4 also has 17-inch smaller tires compared to the 20-inch iX.
The biggest difference between the BMW i4 and iX is the price. BMW launches iX in India at the following prices ￡1.16 Clore (former showroom).The new i4 is available at a trial price ￡69.900 rupees (former showroom). This is one of the most affordable EVs in the luxury segment. Only the Mini Cooper SE, also manufactured by the BMW Group, is cheaper than the i4 in the luxury car segment.
First release date: May 27, 2022 1:53 pm IST
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