For those desiring some luxury-brand panache in an electric car, the fresh 2017 BMW i3 is a compelling choice. Some of the most compelling attributes it offers include a peppy acceleration, a spacious capacity for four people, a nimble handling, a stylish and well-made interior, a versatile cargo area, and a great exterior visibility. Its release date should be expected sometime in the first quarter of 2017.
The BMW i3 is flat nosed, stout, short, and cute in an ugly sort of way and is actually the pug of BMW family. It is also an all-electric car that can only operate on either a range-extending gasoline generator or on battery power alone. After a complete recharging session, the 2017 BMW i3 can go up to 81 miles ion battery power alone.
Its cabin cradles up to four passengers in an avant-garde and luxurious cabin, and its respectable handling and acceleration ensures a comfortable and memorable driving experience. This car isn’t meant for long trips considering it’s an EV, as it is primarily suited for short to medium length trips.
Similar to most electric cars on the market, the BMW i3 is also sensitive to terrain changes, ambient temperature, and driving style. And lest you think the i3 is devoid of eccentricities, it comes a bit short on several areas such as the bothersome rear-hinges doors, and the compromised performance and range for the i3 w/range Extender.
Therefore, you may find it sagacious to check what the competition offers. rivals closer to the 2017 BMW i3 include the 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e, the 2017 VW e-Golf, the 2017 Ford Focus, and the 2016 Nissan Leaf.
All things considered, the 2017 BMW i3 remains a dream car for many people due to various reasons, in addition to its easy athleticism, daring style, extended range, and functionality blend.
Available Trims – BMW i3
The four-door 2017 BMW i3 is offered in three trims packages: base Mega World, Giga World, and the Tera World. The 2017 BMW i3 BEV review is covered separately.
Exterior Colors & 2017 BMW i3 Interior Changes
As of this writing, exterior colors to expect include Platinum Silver, Fluid Black, Ionic Silver Metallic, Solar Orange Metallic, and Capparis White.
Accessories and features offered for the entry-level BMW i3 Mega trim model include auto-dimming rearview mirrors, LED lighting, 19” alloy wheels, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, heated manually-adjustable front seats, USB ports, HD/satellite radio, a 6.5” touchscreen interface, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, automatic wipers, LED running lights, an auxiliary audio jack, premium cloth and vinyl upholstery, cruise control, a premium sound system, and a rear 50/50-split folding seatbacks.
The BMW i3 Giga model steps up the ante with upgraded interior technologies, a full leather upholstery, 19” alloy wheels, and keyless entry and ignition.
Options provided for the two trims discussed above include a forward collision warning and mitigation, a lane-departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, real-time traffic, an upgraded navigation system, automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and frontal collision mitigation.
The contents of the Tera World package aren’t known, but we should expect BMW to make an announcement months ahead of its scheduled release date.
2017 BMW i3 Engine Specs
Inspiration for the 2017 BMW i3 is offered by the 125 kW electric motor fed by a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Regardless of whether you opt for the i3 REX or the regular i3, the power output stands at 170 horsepower and 184 lbs. ft. of torque, which is ultimately forwarded to the aft wheels.
The fuel economy for the standard i3, as per EPA projections, stands at 124 MPGe for a combined highway/city efficiency and about 81 miles of an electric range. However, the overall efficiency drops to about 117MPGe with the i3 Range Extender model.
Plummeting from 0-60 mph for the standard i3 stands at 6.6 seconds, and 7.1 seconds for the i3 REX.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 5.2 in. (101.2 in.)
Length: 13 ft. 1.8 in. (157.8 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 9.9 in. (69.9 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume: 15,1 ft³
Curb weight: 2860 lbs
Top Speed: 94 mph
0-60: 6,6 sec
MPG: 137/111 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Capparis White w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Fluid Black w/Highlight BMW i Frozen Blue, Ionic Silver Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Mineral Grey w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Platinum Silver w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent and Solar Orange Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
2017 BMW i3 Release Date & Price
The 2017 BMW i3 is scheduled to go for sale sometime in the first quarter of 2017. Its cost, on the other hand, is rumored to be somewhere around $42,400 MSRP, but you can also get it on a lease term before committing.