The BMW i3 indicates the way ahead to a new era of freedom. It’s recognized the world over as a symbol of driving pleasure, sustainability and smart connectivity in the urban traffic environment, which explains why it’s become the best-selling electric car in the premium compact segment. The recipe for success of the BMW i3 has now been further enhanced, thanks not simply to refreshing styling accents, cutting-edge equipment attributes and new digital services, but also to the addition of a brand new model variant. Since making its debut alongside the brand new variant of this first ever premium car to be conceived from the beginning for all-electric mobility is the BMW i3s. Having a higher output, model-specific chassis technology, apparently more dynamic driving qualities and design features all of its own, it generates a particularly extreme blend of the unrivaled sporty driving pleasure associated with electric cars in the BMW Group. By providing a premium-quality, all-electric driving expertise, meaning zero local emissions, together with a completely different degree of connectivity technologies, both models represent the potential for urban mobility.
The BMW i3 has reigned as the top-selling premium electrical car in its class since 2014, not just in Europe but globally too. And in Germany, it has in fact been topping the brand new vehicle registration statistics for the electric automobile segment as a whole, also since 2014. It’s not just the visionary electrical automobiles and inspirational design that helps to create BMW I so hot, but also its innovative mobility options and the revolutionary new form of premium character, with sustainability as a key defining element. By offering such goods while also adopting an all-embracing approach that takes into consideration the comprehensive lifecycle – from raw material production, through the production and operation of the vehicles for their later recycling – the BMW I manufacturer has established itself as a pioneer for forward-thinking freedom.
2018 Facelifted BMW i3 and i3s Exterior and Interior
The i3’s styling changes are mainly shallow — the i3’s intentionally futuristic design remains one of the largest reasons buyers enjoy it. Cosmetic changes to the new version comprise marginally tweaked headlights with LED lights, new bumpers using much more notable air intakes and chrome trim over the windows and on the boot lid.
The i3s — shown here in red — gets the choice of a bright, two-tone color scheme and also an aggressive-looking front bumper to emphasize its sporty pretensions. A 10mm reduced ride height will aid handling, but also help the i3s look more poised on the transfer.
BMW has got the opportunity to fiddle with the i3’s interior so it’s pretty much the same as the outgoing model. The display screens are going to have better graphics and there is a wider range of interior materials and colors, but very little else has changed, including the option to have the cabin trimmed in Eco friendly materials like recycled vinyl and plant fiber.
The i3’s inside is intended to seem minimalistic to continue the futuristic feel. Conventional dials are replaced with a slender display showing range and driving information, while the cottage feels airy and light thanks to the dearth of center console, large windows and a high roofline.
2018 Facelifted BMW i3 and i3s Under the Hood
With 170hp on faucet and all of it accessible from standstill, the i3 is a badly zippy car. It takes 7.3 minutes to get out of 0-62mph, which can be on a par with some hot hatchbacks, and has a claimed maximum assortment of 186 miles — although 125 miles is everything you can expect to get in real world driving. The i3s gets an extra 14hp, bringing the 0-62mph time down to 6.9 minutes and raising the top speed to 99mph, with no change in scope — it also gets sports suspension and a lowered ride height.
Both models are available with a small, range-extending gasoline engine to lessen anxieties about running out of battery power. The 38hp two-cylinder petrol engine sits beneath the boot ground and raises the range up to 205 mph — although we’d avoid the additional cost and complexity if you can help it and stick with the conventional battery-only edition.
2018 Facelifted BMW i3 and i3s Price and Release Date
The i3 and i3s are available to purchase from August 2017. BMW will show the electric car at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. It is going to cost about £34,070 for the typical i3 and £36,975 for the i3s. The range extender adds £3,150 in the cost.