New BMW i4 revealed: what’s new for this facelifted EV?

April 24, 2024 by

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Minor styling tweaks and new technology, but what else is new for the all-electric BMW i4?

  • Facelifted BMW i4 revealed
  • Minor styling tweaks on the outside
  • Upgraded infotainment system
  • Charging-optimised route planning introduced
  • Deliveries due to begin in July

This is the new BMW i4, which has been given a subtle facelift to keep it fresh against alternatives such as the Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2.

Changes are minimal, but there are some decent new features that make the i4 feel a bit more modern, as well as an upgraded infotainment system that includes a nifty feature that’s useful for road tripping.

New BMW i4 design

The i4 has always been a handsome car, and it seems like BMW agrees, because although there have been some minor tweaks here and there, you’ll need to get into the nitty gritty to spot the difference.

The key change is to the headlights. Although the actual housing appears to be identical to before, the high and low beam are now both generated from a single LED module. As a result there’s a new vertical arrow-shaped light signature for the daytime running lights and indicators. The only other noticeable difference is the new matt chrome grille surround.

Around the back it’s a similar story, with minimal changes other than a new gloss black diffuser in the lower bumpers. However, if you upgrade the main headlights to adaptive LED units, you also get new Laserlight rear lights. These use fibre optics to create an intricate rear light design.

Down the side it’s very much as you were, although you do get to choose from some new alloy wheel designs.

New BMW i4 interior and infotainment

Inside, you guessed it, changes are minimal. However, M Performance and M Sport models have a new velour-like upholstery called Performtex, and there’s a new M steering wheel with a sporty flat-bottomed design. There are also various changes to interior trims, and a new vent controller design, too.

The infotainment system has been given an upgrade, too. The curved display is running the latest BMW operating system, which simplifies the menu structure. There’s also a new routing system for the built-in navigation, which can incorporate charging stops on long journeys. The car can estimate your state of charge along the journey and reroute you with guidance on how long you need to charge at each stop to get to your destination in the shortest time possible. This is useful, but has been included in various models, such as the Tesla Model 3, for years.

BMW i4 motors, batteries and range

The new BMW i4 has the same motor and battery options as before, so you have the eDrive35 and eDrive40 in the regular i4 range, and the high-performance M50 at the top of the line-up.

The eDrive30 makes 286hp and has the smallest battery of the trio, resulting in a range of up to 311 miles. The eDrive40 makes more power at 340hp, but its bigger battery means it can go up to 373 miles between charges. The M50 is by far the most powerful at 544hp, but splits the two with a maximum range of 324 miles.
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How much is the new BMW i4 and when can I buy it?

The BMW i4 will cost from £50,365 for the eDrive35, then it’s a big jump to £58,460 for the eDrive40 and £69,995 for the M50, though this does represent a slight saving over the outgoing car. Deliveries are due to begin in July 2024.

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