BMW i3 2013 new hot hatchback variant i3s revealed ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show debut
BMW has launched the new i3 2018 along with the i3s, a hotter more sporty variant to boost the appeal of the quirky EV.
Over 8,000 i3s have been sold in the UK, making it the best-selling electric car in the premium compact segment.
The new i3’s styling has been given a modest makeover. It’s an evolutionary upgrade on the last car, with just a few tweaks to freshen up the face of the vehicle.
At the front, the bumper has been sculpted and set back while the bonnet has been brought forward so the two are in more of an alignment than the previous generation.
New LED daytime running lights with a narrow slit design sit in the now colour contrasting front cladding.
BMW has also added a new range of paint option, 20-inch allow wheels with wider tyres and slightly flared out wheel arches.
Inside the car is a new 10.3-inch infotainment screen featuring the same BMW iDrive system as seen on the new 5 Series.
Four trim options for the new EV – Atelier, Loft, Lodge and Suite – this alters which materials are used inside the cabin.
There is also a new range of driver assistance and safety systems added to the vehicle including parking and traffic jam assist.
Heated front seats, rear parking sensors, climate control, digital radio, automatic lights and wipers and Bluetooth connectivity all come as standard features.
Most interestingly about the launch of the new car is the introduction of the sporty i3s model to the range which is a hot hatchback equivalent.
Powering the range is a high-voltage battery with a capacity of 94Ah (33kWh).
The new i3 and i3s 2018 feature a facelift and improved range
It is worth noting that while the standard i3 is a zero-emissions electric, the range extender uses a tiny petrol engine to power the electric motor.
The i3’s electric motor produced 168bhp which allows a zero-62mph sprint of 7.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 93mph.
BMW say that this enough to allow the i3 to top 186 miles of range but 125 miles in everyday driving conditions is more likely.
The car’s interior features a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system as seen on the 5 Series
On the more powerful i3s the 184bhp electric motor can reach 62mph from standing in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 99mph.
Max performance in terms of range on the range extender model is believed to be around 205 miles on a single charge.
Prices start from £34,070 OTR, however this figure is slashed to £29,570 when the government’s EV grant of £4,500 is applied.
The new i3 will cost from £34,070 and i3s will cost from £36,975
Full prices of the new BMW i3 and i3s:
BMW i3 – £34,070
BMW i3 range extender – £37,220
BMW i3s – £36,975
BMW i3s range extender – £40,125
In addition to the Government grant drivers can also get an extra £2,000 off the cost of their vehicle thanks to BMW’s scrappage scheme deal.
The car will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor show 2017 next month and should go into production later this year.