Launched: BMW iX3 and i4

Electric mobility is all the rage currently globally with many OEM’s jumping onto this bandwagon. BMW has recently launched their two new models to add to their electric line-up, which will consist of the i4, iX3 and flagship iX.

The i4- First Fully Electric M vehicle

The BMW i4 is the BMW brand’s first purely electric model that focusses on driving dynamics, with it being the brands four-door gran coupe. It appeals to the individualistic customer who wants performance benefits in an electric vehicle plus, ultimate comfort. Only one model variant will be available from launch, the i4 M50, which makes it the first BMW M car with a locally emission-free drive system. The BMW i4 M50 performance model from BMW M GmbH uses one electric motor at the front axle and another at the rear to deliver an output of 400 kW/795Nm. With these amazing figures, the i4 will give you a range of 510km, which is quite sufficient for even a long-distance drive. The i4 M50 does the 0 – 100 km/h sprint in 3.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 225km/h. With regards to the motor, the eDrive technology in these vehicles use high-voltage battery, with the gross energy content of the battery being 83.9 kWh. A quick 10-minute charge can give you 140km of range, which is commendable. Notable safety or assistance features include and are not limited to Active Cruise Control with automatic Speed Limit Assist, route monitoring, and the Steering and Lane Control Assist, which come standard. The BMW i4 M50 will be produced in the Munich plant in Germany.

The i4- First Fully Electric M vehicle

We got a chance to drive the iX3 in and around Johannesburg, which produces 210kW/400Nm and gives a claimed range of 460km. The iX3 still retains its looks from with internal combustion sibling but has a larger kidney grille and the headlights are ten millimeters slimmer. It comes standard with the M Sport package, along with the 20-inch wheels. The drive of the iX3 is smooth, quiet, and refined. The regenerative braking is not violent adding to the comfortable driving dynamics of this vehicle. The interior is luxurious, with the new 12.3inch fully digital screen adding to the visual appeal of the interior. It encompasses sport seats and has BMW i Blue detailing around the interior making it feel more electric and futuristic. Additionally, when it comes to charging, it has a model specific high-voltage battery with a gross energy content of 80 kWh. A 10-minute fast charge using direct current can give one 100km of range. Some mentionable driver assistance functions include Driving Assistant Professional with Steering and Lane Keep Assist, Active Cruise Control, automatic Speed Limit Assist, and route monitoring.

The future of mobility and pricing

The i4, iX3 and iX build on the BMW Group’s plan to achieve a 50% of global share with regards to fully electric vehicle sales in 2030. With this extensive line up already, BMW is well on their way on being pioneers in the electric mobility movement. These vehicles are sold with a complimentary Wallbox charger and free charging at any BMW Group-branded charging stations.


BMW iX3: R 1 290 000

BMW i4: R 1 600 000

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