Cheaper AWD i4
Until now, shoppers considering the all-electric 2023 i4 sedan have had a choice of two rear-wheel-drive models or an all-wheel drive (AWD) M50 with a price tag nearing $70,000. Now, they’ll have an AWD option less pricey than an M50 model.
The 2024 BMW i4 xDrive40 gets an electric motor on each axle for AWD grip and an output of 396 horsepower. That’s comfortably more than RWD models but not the M version’s 536. It should be ideal for those who want AWD because of the weather and not for faster lap times. It starts at $61,600 plus $995 destination and handling. U.S. deliveries start in the third quarter.
7 Series Plug-in Hybrid
The top of the BMW lineup gets a mid-year update, too, as a new plug-in hybrid model joins the 7 Series stable.
The new 2024 BMW 750e mates a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a combined 483 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. BMW says it has “an estimated purely-electric range of over 35 miles.” Most buyers could probably perform their routine daily drives on electric power alone while still preserving the ability to take road trips with gasoline.
The 750e will start at $107,000 plus $995 destination and handling when it enters the U.S. market in the fall.