This year, BMW will introduce all-wheel drive (AWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD) options for its i4 and i7 electric vehicles (EVs).


BMW USA has unveiled its model update for summer 2023, announcing two new electric vehicle (EV) variants set to be delivered before the end of the year. The automaker will introduce an all-wheel drive (AWD) version of the i4 Gran Coupe, as well as a rear-wheel drive (RWD) version of the i7 EV. Both models will also feature BMW's new operating system, iDrive 8.5.

As part of its transition into an all-electric brand, BMW has experienced a doubling of EV sales in Q1 2023, making it a key driver of overall sales for the fiscal year. The i4 EV, one of BMW's established models, has been particularly successful. It currently offers two single-motor variants and a dual-motor M technology version. The iX SUV and i7 EV, the latter being BMW's most powerful EV to date, have also contributed to the strong sales performance.

BMW plans to continue its EV innovation with the upcoming release of the i5, but it is also focusing on expanding options for US consumers. In the summer update, BMW announced the i4 xDrive40, a new variant positioned between the i4 M50 and the i4 eDrive40. This AWD EV will have an 80.7 kWh battery, 396 horsepower, a maximum recharge rate of 205 kW, and an estimated range of 307 miles.

Additionally, BMW will introduce the RWD i7 eDrive50 later this year, featuring a single GEN5 motor with 449 horsepower. Priced at $105,700, it offers a more affordable option compared to the i7 xDrive60, which starts at $119,300. Deliveries of the RWD option are expected to begin in the fall.


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