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The 2023 BMW i4 eDrive35 arrives as a new entry level

The BMW i4 eDrive35 has entered the scene, offering identical styling and features to the i4 with less power and a shorter range from a slightly smaller battery pack.

Under the skin, you’ll actually find the same rear-wheel drive powertrain with the same engine as used in the higher-spec i4 models. In the eDrive35, it is connected to a 70.2 kWh battery, of which 66 kWh can be used. That’s less than the eDrive40’s 83.9 kWh (81.5 kWh usable), and as such, power and range drop off as well. It generates 281 hp (210 kW) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque. Estimated range on a full charge is 260 miles.

By comparison, the i4 eDrive40 has 335 hp (250 kW) and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) of torque. It goes about 300 miles on a charge and can hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Interestingly, BMW cites a nearly identical 0-60 time for the eDrive35, hitting the benchmark in 5.8 seconds. When battery power is low, it has a 180 kW fast charging capability that can recharge the pack from 10 to 80 percent in 32 minutes.

Otherwise, the rest of the i4 eDrive35 is just like its higher-tier siblings. That includes the glass cockpit that combines a 12.3-inch driver’s display with a 14.9-inch center display in a single span of glass. Standard and optional equipment is the same as the eDrive40, though performance-seeking buyers will want the i4 M50. It includes a second motor driving the front wheels, offering a combined 536 hp (400 kW) and a 0-60 mph time of less than 4 seconds. The drawback, however, is the range. The M50 can only go about 245 miles on a charge.

The other drawback is the price. The top-range M50 starts at $67,295, but you can get into the eDrive35 for $52,395. Both prices included a destination charge of $995. Deliveries of the eDrive35 are expected to begin in early 2023.

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