BMW expands its electric lineup with three new models

Munich-based automaker BMW has announced its latest lineup of electric vehicles (EVs) set to hit the market in the summer of 2023. The new additions include the i4 xDrive 40, a variant of the i4 featuring all-wheel drive, the single-motor i7 eDrive50, and the hybrid 750e xDrive. Additionally, BMW has introduced an updated infotainment operating system for select models.

The 2024 i4 xDrive40 is an all-wheel-drive EV that boasts a powerful 396-horsepower motor. This popular Gran Coupe model offers an estimated range of 307 miles with the standard 18-inch tires (which decreases slightly to approximately 282 miles when equipped with optional 19-inch wheels). Accelerating from zero to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds, the i4 xDrive40 combines performance with efficiency. The starting price for this electric vehicle is $61,600, with an additional $995 destination fee. BMW anticipates deliveries in the United States to commence in the third quarter of 2023.

The rear-wheel-drive i7 eDrive50 is propelled by a single GEN5 motor, delivering 449 horsepower. BMW plans to announce detailed information regarding its range and performance closer to its market launch this fall. The i7 eDrive50 will have a starting price of $105,700 (excluding the destination fee).

In addition to its EV offerings, BMW introduced the hybrid 750e xDrive. This model combines a six-cylinder internal combustion engine generating 308 horsepower with a 194-horsepower electric motor, resulting in a combined output of 483 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The plug-in hybrid boasts an electric-only range of 35 miles. The 750e xDrive will have a starting price of $107,000, along with the $995 destination fee. It is scheduled to be released in the United States later this fall.

BMW has also focused on enhancing the user experience with its updated infotainment operating system, known as BMW Operating System 8.5. This system features a redesigned home screen with clearly arranged functions optimized for the company’s curved display. By eliminating sub-menus, BMW has adopted a “zero-layer principle” that ensures all essential controls and information are easily accessible on a single level. The driver’s side displays vertically arranged widgets for quick access to climate control settings, app library, navigation, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration.

The latest additions to BMW’s EV lineup and the upgraded infotainment system showcase the brand’s commitment to innovation, performance, and user-friendly technology. With the summer 2023 lineup, BMW continues to solidify its position in the rapidly evolving electric vehicle market.