Tuesday, July 30, 2013

BMW i3 (2014)

BMW has officially revealed their electric vehicle, the i3, which goes on sale, for the American market, in the third quarter of 2014. The BMW USA i3's price is set at $41,350 MSRP, not including $925 Destination & Handling fee. The United Kingdom's market has it starting at £25,680 GBP for the standard, electric only version, with the Range Extender model costing you at least £28,830 GBP.

The BMW i3 is powered by a hybrid synchronous electric motor, with an output of 125 kW, 170 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The range extender (hybrid) internal combustion engine is a 647cc unit, with 34 hp at 4,300 rpm and 55 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. As is BMW custom, the i3 is real wheel drive, via an automatic single speed transmission with a fixed ratio. The BMW i3 is able to accelerate from zero to 37mph (60 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.2 seconds. Top speed is 93 mph (150 km/h). BMW says that the i3 has a range of up to 80-100 miles (130 – 160 km), or 160-186 miles (240 – 300 km) on the range extender model.

 BMW is offering four interior styles, including the standard Atelier, the Loft, the Lodge and the Suite trim levels. The i3 comes as standard with the iDrive system and Radio Professional, hands-free phone system, air conditioning, Park Distance Control with rear-mounted sensors and onboard connectivity via an integrated SIM card (probably at extra cost). USB / Bluetooth connectivity, and the i Remote App, are also standard. The BMW i3's options include various navigation systems, Adaptive LED Headlights, an electrically operated glass roof, automatic climate control, heated seats, Comfort Access and more.

 The BMW i3 measures 3,999 mm in length, 1,775 mm in width and 1,578 mm in height. Thanks to lightweight construction, the i3 weighs just 1,195 kilograms.  BMW says that the i3 has a perfect 50:50 weigh distribution. It comes with standard 19-inch alloys or optional 20-inch wheels.

 The i3 comes with the full set of BMW Connected Drive technologies and the 360° ELECTRIC services, as well as all the safety features you would expect from a modern vehicle.   Unlike the Volkswagen XL1, this car (although typical BMW expensive) may be more practical for both commuting and family lifestyles.  It would be interesting to see, with a top speed of 93 mph, how this car handles on the autobahn.

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