The new 2017 BMW i3 is a luxury-brand that offers some sportiness and versatility in a small electric vehicle package. It is practical, surprisingly, given its pocket-size dimensions. Be my guest today on this informative piece about the BMW i3 release date, interior accessories, exterior pictures, and price.
Black Sheep Of The Family?
The BMW i3 2017 makes a strong proposition for buyers looking for great exterior visibility, passenger space, impressive maneuverability, big cargo area, and interior refinement. However, it falls short on range and performance, especially in comparison to regular plug-in hybrids.
Touted as the dwarf of the BMW family, it comes in pocket-size dimensions but lurking inside it is a versatile, family-friendly vehicle that offers a lot more to like, besides its cute looks. Cute looks might be an overstatement but it all depends on how you decide to look at it. It is a back-to-basic electric vehicle that operates on both electricity and gasoline, with gasoline only kicking in once all the electric charge has been depleted.
Best Driving Experience?
It offers an impressive handling, acceleration, and precision that is unparalleled in its EV class, while comfortable cradling up four passengers in its avant-garde and luxurious cabin. Don’t however expect to occasionally head to long cross-country trips, as the miniscule i3 is designed to operate for short-to medium-length trips. Whereas BMW puts its range at an inspiring 81 miles on full charge, the range is prone to change if the i3 is running on different terrains. Again, temperature and driving style may also constitute disparities in its range.
If Range Is A Problem…
For those yawning for more range, there’s the i3 REX model that stretches a distance of up to 150 miles. Range for the electric-only mode takes a cut by 8 miles to a total of 72 miles due to the added weight of a bigger gasoline generator. Customer reviews of the previous model said the 2017 BMW i3 was a bit buzzy whilst on the road. The exact cause of this, we don’t know. At least yet.
Rivals hot on its heels include the Ford Focus Electric, Nissan Leaf, Mercedes B250e, and the Volkswagen e-Golf. True, the BW i3 may face an uphill task in trying to make its way up the segment’s ladder, however, its combination of easy athleticism, daring style, EV functionality, and an available extended range make it a distinct proposition.
2017 BMW i3 Release Date and Price?
Latest news has it that the new BMW i3 2017 release date should be expected sometime the next fall. Pricing information is under wraps for now, as it is too early to speculate. However, our moles say that the base model will probably cost around $42,000.
New BMW i3 Exterior Looks Like…
The exterior returns with sharp lines and body creases than before, at least judging from the spy pictures we have of the model. The grille and air intakes have slightly been redesigned, so have the taillights and the headlights. The color palette returns unchanged, however. Other exterior features include nineteen-inch wheels, automatic wipers, LED lighting, and optional 20-inch wheels.
What About The Interior?
The interior accommodations is cavernous and refined just like before. The dashboard layout is driver-centric. Accessories available include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, HD and satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 6.5” central screen. Heated manually-adjustable front seats, an auxiliary audio jack, a navigation system, auto-dimming mirrors, and cruise control. Others include an upgraded interior upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, adaptive cruise control, BMW’s Online and Apps services, and a navigation system.
There’re several options available as well. These options are in form of packages some of which include the Technology + Driving Assistant, and Parking Assistant packages. It is too early to speculate about the contents they’ll offer. More details will be offered on its release date.
Different trim packages are offered: base Mega World, Giga World, and Tera World.
New BMW i3 Engine
The new 2017 BMW i3 comes equipped with an electric motor (125kW) located beneath the floor that offers 170 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque regardless of whether you opt for the regular model or REX model. 0-60mph takes a brisk 6.6 seconds with the range extender.
It takes four hours to recharge a fully depleted battery while using the 240-V outlet, and twenty hours with the normal 110-V power outlet.
Is It Safe?
In government crash test, the BMW i3 got four stars out of five for overall crash protection, five for overall side impact, four for rear crash impact protection, and five stars for rollover crash protection.