BMW today announced new electric vehicles as part of its summer 2023 lineup. New models include the i4 xDrive 40 (an all-wheel-drive variant of the i4), the single-wheel drive i7 eDrive50 and the 750e xDrive hybrid drive. In addition, the automaker revealed an updated infotainment operating system for some models.
The 2024 i4 xDrive40 is the 396-horsepower all-wheel-drive engine of the popular Gran Coupe. The all-electric vehicle has dual motors that provide an estimated range of 307 miles on standard 18-inch tires (it drops to about 282 miles with optional 19-inch wheels). In addition, the electric vehicle can accelerate from zero to 60 inches. 4.9 seconds. Pricing for the i4 xDrive40 will start at $61,600 with an additional destination fee of $995. BMW expects to begin deliveries in the US in the third quarter of 2023.
Meanwhile, the rear-wheel-drive i7 eDrive50 is powered by a single GEN5 engine that delivers 449 horsepower. BMW will announce range and performance details “closer to market launch” this fall, but we do know the model will start at $105,700 (plus destination fee). Finally, the 750e xDrive combines a six-cylinder internal combustion engine with 308 horsepower and an electric motor with 194 horsepower. It also delivers 483 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the plug-in hybrid’s purely electric range is rated at 35 miles. The 750e xDrive will start at $107,000 and the same $995 destination fee. It also launches in the US this fall.
The automaker is updating its infotainment operating system “on certain models.” BMW Home Screen OS 8.5 gives you ‘clearly arranged functions’ designed to work best on the company’s curved screen. It gets rid of submenus, and uses the “zero layer principle” that keeps all controls and related information on a single level, using vertically arranged user interface elements on the driver’s side. In addition, it includes icons for quick access to the climate control menu, application library, navigation and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto.