• New BMW i4 eDrive35 adds to i4 line-up alongside eDrive40 and M50
  • Single rear-mounted electric motor produces 210kW and 400Nm
  • Zero to 100km/h in six seconds
  • Driving range capability of 490km on the WLTP cycle
  • High voltage battery capacity of 66kWh (net) with charging capability of up to 11kW on AC or 180kW on DC
  • Comprehensive array of standard specification with pricing from $98,900*
  • Local deliveries set for Q4 this year

BMW New Zealand will further enhance its local offering of fully electric models with introduction of the new i4 eDrive35 later this year.

Launch of the new i4 eDrive35 represents a new entry point to the i4 line-up, which already features the i4 eDrive40 and the dual motor, 400kW i4 M50.

The new i4 also increases the number of electrified variants offered by BMW New Zealand. This year has already seen arrival of the 225e xDrive plug-in hybrid, 750e xDrive and XM and fully electric i7, while the first-ever i5 M60 xDrive is set to arrive in the country later this year.

2023 BMW i4 eDrive35 | Underpinned by fifth generation BMW eDrive technology

The new BMW i4 eDrive35 is fitted with fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology that also features in its i4 stablemates as well as a number of other BMW fully electric models such as the iX and i7 flagship sedan. This technology is completely committed to sustainability, including the complete removal of rare earths from the production of the electric motors.

The high-voltage battery of the BMW i4 comes with an eight-year warranty, combined with a mileage of up to 160,000 kilometres.

2023 BMW i4 eDrive35 | Performance

The power system of the i4 eDrive35 includes a single motor that drives the rear wheels – a classic BMW configuration – and develops 210kW and peak torque of 400Nm. This aids in the new i4 accelerating from zero to 100km/h in six seconds.

BMW claims a WLTP range of 490km. The high voltage battery, which has a net capacity of 66kWh, can be charged at up to 11kW via AC, or at 180kW on a high-speed DC charger.

Customers can charge their i4 via multiple options, including ChargeNow – a service from BMW –  operated by ChargeNet, the largest provider of public charging stations across New Zealand.  A free ChargeNow membership and card is provided to all owners of BMW fully electric vehicles, with a 10 per cent discount offered on all charging sessions used in the ChargeNow network for the first 24 months.

BMW New Zealand is also in partnership with EV charge point operator JOLT to assist in the the rollout of a free fast charging options across New Zealand.

In addition, a complimentary Generation 3 BMW Wallbox is supplied with the purchase of every new fully electric BMW model in New Zealand.

2023 BMW i4 eDrive35 | Vehicle architecture

In line with BMW Group’s transformation towards electric mobility, the development of the BMW i4 was based on a flexible vehicle architecture.

This was devised – from the outset, for the first time – for an all-electric drive system. Among the highlights of the new electric powertrain are compact drive units that have an elastic bearing in their respective axle subframes.

The slim high-voltage battery has a cell height of just 110 millimetres, is positioned low down in the vehicle floor and has a fixed connection with an aluminium shear panel and the front axle subframe.

With a centre of gravity up to 53 millimetres lower than that of the BMW 3 Series Sedan, even weight distribution, a torsionally stiff and weight-minimised body and optimised aerodynamics (Cd of 0.24), plus a long wheelbase and wide tracks, provide the perfect recipe for BMW’s familiar sporting ability says BMW.

2023 BMW i4 eDrive35 | Design

There are accents in BMW i Blue for the largely blanked-off kidney grille, the battery technology in the floor area of the car and the sporty diffuser elements.

Short overhangs, slim pillars, doors with frameless windows and a roofline that flows smoothly into the rear underscore a silhouette that befits the BMW coupé mould. Slim headlights and the BMW kidney grille with its discreetly integrated camera in combination with ultrasonic and radar sensors are the defining features of the front end.

The interior brings a driver-focused cockpit and ambience of premium luxury together with a generously sized, variable-use space, according to BMW. Acoustic glazing, pre-heating and pre-conditioning come as standard, as do sport seats and a sports steering wheel.

2023 BMW i4 eDrive35 | New Zealand pricing and specification

The i4 eDrive35 will be offered with a high level of specification. Key features are listed below:

  • 11kW public charging cable
  • 18” Light-alloy wheels Double-spoke style 853 Bicolour
  • Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go
  • Ambient Light
  • Automatic operation of tailgate
  • BMW Iconic Sounds Electric
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional
  • Comfort Access system
  • Connected Package Professional
  • DAB Tuner
  • Driving Assistant
  • Galvanic embellishers for controls
  • HiFi Loudspeaker system
  • High-beam Assistant
  • Interior and exterior mirror package
  • Interior trim finishers, Aluminium ‘Mesheffect’
  • M headliner Anthracite
  • Parking Assistant
  • Seat adjustment, electric
  • Seat heating, front
  • Sensatec upholstery
  • Tyre repair kit

BMW i4 eDrive35 | Equipment program

Exterior finishes

Colour Price
BlackNo cost option
Alpine WhiteNo cost option
Metallic paintworkPrice
Black Sapphire$1,690
San Remo Green$1,690
Sunset Orange$1,690
Mineral White$1,690

BMW i4 eDrive35 | Upholstery

Sensatec, perforated

BlackNo cost option
CognacNo cost option

2023 BMW i4 technical data and line-up

VariantPowerTorque0-100km/h (sec)Battery
(km, WLTP)

*Recommended Retail Pricing is shown and includes GST but excludes on-road costs. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW New Zealand dealer for all pricing enquiries.

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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