BMW i4 M50 and iX3 go on sale in South Africa
BMW expands electric offering with launch of i4 and iX3
The launch of the BMW i4 and BMW iX represent the next step in BMWs goal of a 50 percent global share of fully electric vehicle sales by 2030. At the same time the BMW iX3 builds on its profile as a trailblazer for new technology as the first model to feature fifth generation BMW eDrive technology. Both the BMW i4 and BMW iX3 are now available in South Africa.
The BMW i4 is a four-door gran coupe that offers spaciousness and practicality along with a range that satisfies over long journeys. Its premium character is evident in the high level of development of its drive system and chassis technology, its elegant design, uncompromising standards in terms of materials and workmanship and the wide variety of individualisation options available.
The BMW i4 is the brand’s first fully electric model focused purely on driving dynamics. The BMW i4 M50 uses one electric motor on the front axle and another on the rear to deliver a total output of 400kW and a range of up to 510 kilometres.
The performance characteristics of the motors are defined by their considerable torque, available from pull away and sustained over an extremely wide rev band. Demanding a large amount of power for more than ten seconds triggers Sports Boost, which allows access to maximum power output and maximum torque of 795Nm. This enables the i4 M50 to sprint from standstill to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 225km/h.
A low centre of gravity, even weight distribution, a torsionally stiff and lightweight body and optimised aerodynamics as well as a long wheelbase and wide tracks provide the perfect recipe for BMW’s familiar sporting ability and superb long distance comfort.
The BMW eDrive technology represents the latest in battery technology. The gravimetric energy density of the lithium-ion battery has been increased by approximately 20 percent compared to the battery found in the i3. In addition the combined charging unit of the BMW i4 has been designed to enable extremely flexible battery charging. DC charging is possible at up to 200kW.
Stretched proportions and clear use of forms add a touch of exclusivity and the dynamic flair for which BMW is renowned. A blanked off kidney grille, battery technology in the floor area and sporty diffuser elements, highlight the cars sustainability friendly credentials.
Short overhangs, slim pillars, doors with frameless windows and a roofline that flows smoothly into the rear underscore a silhouette that fits the BMW coupe mould. Slim headlights and the striking BMW kidney grille that incorporates an integrated camera, ultrasonic and radar sensors are defining features of the front end.
The interior combines a driver focused cockpit and ambience of premium luxury together with a generously sized, variable use space. The BMW Sport seats and steering wheel is standard fitment. The transmission selector lever, BMW Controller and function keys are located on a modern central control panel.
A new generation of the iDrive display and control system is based on the new BMW Operating System 8 and has ben designed with a clear focus on the touchscreen functionality of the BMW Curved Display that brings together a 12.3-inch information display and a 14.9-inch control display behind a glass surface that is angled towards the driver. Up to 40 driver assistance systems are fitted as standard or available as options, including but not limited to Active Cruise Control with automatic speed limit assist, route monitoring and steering and lane control assist.
Generous boot space can be expanded from 470 to 1290 litres and an electronically retractable trailer tow hitch can tow up to 1 600 kilograms.
The detailed model update of the BMW iX3 optimises the car’s sporting aura and driving pleasure, ease of operation and premium character of the interior. Fresh design concepts underscore the conceptual and technological link between the Sports Activity Vehicle and its BMW iX and i4 counterparts.
The BMW iX3 is the first model to feature fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, which combines sporting prowess, exceptional efficiency and the long distance ability of a 460km range.
The front-end design features increased presence thanks to a larger BMW kidney grill, slimmer headlights and a newly sculpted front apron. The rear end is differentiated by muscular surfacing and three-dimensional rear lights.
Inside is a fully digital screen grouping, now featuring a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and an enlarged control display of the same size. A newly designed control panel on the centre console houses the BMW Controller, Start/Stop button and the buttons for the Driving Experience Control switch and parking brake.
Sport seats are finished in new Vernasca leather upholstery and interior trim strips in the new aluminium rhombicle dark finish. BMW i Blue accents add a finishing touch to the gear selector lever, start/stop button and steering wheel.
A highly integrated drive system combines the electric motor, transmission and power electronics in a single housing and results in a maximum power output of 210kW and 400Nm and allows for a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.8 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 180km/h.
An exceptionally wide selection of driver assistance systems are fitted as standard, including Driving Assistant Professional, Active Cruise Control with Stop& Go function, automatic speed limit assist and route monitoring.
Pricing and availability
The BMW iX3 is sold in South Africa for R 1 290 000 which includes a complimentary Wallbox charger and free charging at any BMW Group branded charging stations.