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BMW Gives More Electric Options for 2024 i4, 7 Series Lineups

bmw i4 2024 exterior oem 01 jpg 2024 BMW i4 | Manufacturer image

BMW does not make car buying easy — at least not the decision-making part of car buying. Door counts, engine choices, transmissions, rear- or all-wheel drive, traditional sedans and “Gran Coupe” flowing rooflines, M Sport add-ons and packages, and full-bore M models; the decision to buy a BMW is a commitment to an inordinate number of additional decisions between needing a new car and parking one in your driveway. You didn’t think electrification would change that, did you?

Having just introduced the i4 and i7 in 2022 and 2023, respectively, BMW is now filling out those lineups with additional powertrain options.

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For 2024, the i4 family adds an i4 xDrive40. Previously, the 536-horsepower i4 M50 was the only all-wheel-drive, all-electric 4 Series available (the 282-hp eDrive35 and 335-hp eDrive40 being rear-wheel drive). With the 396-hp xDrive40, there’s an enhanced-traction i4 for customers less interested in probing the limits of said traction. The new EV has two electric motors, and the automaker says it can go from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

BMW claims a 307-mile range with the standard 18-inch wheels, which would make the xDrive40 have the greatest reach of any i4 (with the available 19-inch wheels, range is 282 miles). Prices for the i4 xDrive40 start at $62,595 (all prices include destination), and deliveries are expected to start in the fall.

The i7 also is now available with RWD in eDrive50 form that comes with a single electric motor on the rear axle boasting output of 449 hp. BMW will release range estimates for the new i7 closer to the model’s launch in the fall. Pricing will start at $106,695.

bmw 7 series 2024 exterior oem 01 jpg 2024 BMW 7 Series | Manufacturer image

Buyers of the 7 Series sedan also get new choices come fall: the 750e xDrive and the 740i xDrive. The former tucks a 194-hp electric motor into the transmission and works with a 308-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six for a total of 483 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque; it gets a manufacturer-estimated electric-only range of at more than 35 miles. Pricing will start at $107,995.

Lastly, those who forgo electrification altogether can now get an AWD six-cylinder 7 Series with the 740i xDrive. BMW says the additional traction off the line will shave 0.2 second from the 0-60 sprint, dropping it from a claimed 5.1 seconds to 4.9. Economy-minded snow belt luxury drag racers will pay a premium over the rear-drive six-cylinder, with the 740i xDrive starting at $100,395.

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