BMW is set to expand its range of electrified vehicles with the introduction of several new models in the summer of 2023. One of the notable additions is the BMW i4 xDrive40, an all-wheel drive variant of the successful i4 lineup. Positioned below the i4 M50, the i4 xDrive40 features dual electric motors that produce a total of 396 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. With these power figures, the fully-electric i4 xDrive40 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. It is equipped with an 80.7 kWh lithium-ion battery, which provides an estimated range of 307 miles with the standard 18-inch wheels or 282 miles with the optional 19-inch wheels.
The base price for the 2024 BMW i4 xDrive40 starts at $61,600, excluding the $995 destination and handling fee. Deliveries in the United States are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2023.
In addition to the i4 xDrive40, BMW will introduce two new electrified variants in the seventh generation of the 7 Series. The 2024 750e xDrive plug-in hybrid combines a 308-horsepower TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter 6-cylinder internal combustion engine with a 194-horsepower electric motor. The combined power output is 483 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, offering energetic performance. It also provides an estimated purely-electric range of over 35 miles.
The 2024 BMW 750e xDrive will have a base price of $107,000, excluding the $995 destination and handling fee, and is set to enter the US market in the fall of 2023.
Another electrified model in the 7 Series lineup is the BMW i7 eDrive50. It features a single GEN5 electric motor powering the rear axle, generating 449 horsepower. Pricing for the 2024 BMW i7 eDrive50 starts at $105,700, plus the $995 destination and handling fee. More details regarding the range and performance figures will be released closer to the market launch.
Furthermore, the 2024 BMW 740i will now be available with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive starting in July production. The addition of all-wheel drive enhances traction and reduces the 0-60 mph time from 5.1 seconds to 4.9 seconds. The 740i xDrive will be priced at $99,400, with deliveries expected to begin in the third quarter of 2023.
Alongside these new models, BMW will introduce the BMW Operating System 8.5 in certain models. The updated operating system features a new home screen with clearly arranged functions, making it easier to navigate the BMW Curved Display. The zero-layer principle enables all relevant functions and information to be shown on a single level, eliminating the need for submenu navigation. Live widgets are displayed vertically on the driver’s side of the user interface, accessible with a touch.
The QuickSelect functionality allows users to directly access entertainment programs, contact lists, vehicle settings, and interact with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant by touch. Returning to the home screen is as simple as tapping the home icon at the lower edge of the display. Additionally, there are symbols for direct access to the climate control menu, All Apps menu, Navigation, Media, Communication, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
The BMW Operating System 8.5 will be introduced in certain models starting in July production. It will initially be available in BMW iX models, BMW i4 models, and BMW 7 Series models. In August, the system will be integrated into BMW X5 and X6 models (excluding M models), BMW X7 models, and BMW XM models (without QuickSelect).