The all new 2018 BMW i3 will make its world’s premiere at the Frankfurt Auto Show. This attractive vehicle is one of the brand’s best-selling electric cars in its premium compact class. It is efficient, handsome and offers very modern and cozy cabin. So, for the 2018 model year, we are going to see many small but noticeable upgrades.
First of all, the most important upgrade will be the introduction of the sporty model which will be marked as the i3s version. This model will bring more power, range and some cosmetic changes. Besides that, the upcoming BMW i3 will offer as well changes in styling including two new exterior colors. The design of cabin will stay pretty much unchanged but it will arrive with more safety systems and more color combinations for the interior. Furthermore, we will also see upgrades considering engine department.
The new i3 will be available in four different trims: Atelier, Loft, Loft and Suite which will differ in materials used in the design of the interior.
2018 BMW i3 powertrain and performance
The 2018 BMW i3 is an all-electric vehicle which is powered with an electric motor and a battery of 33 kWh. This unit has the output of 170 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque and it is able to hit 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. It has the range of 114 miles. The top speed of this engine will be 93 mph.
However, the i3s will be more powerful than the standard version offering 184 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. This one will be able to reach 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. Its top speed will be limited at 100 mph. Moreover, both versions will be available with a hybrid unit. It will be a two-cylinder gas engine in combination with electric motor and a battery. This engine will have a range of 180 miles while the electric-only range will be 97 miles.
Design of exterior and interior
Speaking of the exterior, the 2018 BMW i3 will arrive with many subtle adjustments. Both front and rear fascias will be mildly refreshed. The redesigned front and back bumper will make it look wider than before. The rear end will now receive a horizontal chrome strip which will be placed across full width of the rear. The palette of the exterior will be expanded with two new colors too. Those will be Melbourne Red Metallic and Imperial Blue Metallic. Furthermore, the i3s will feature larger 20-inch wheel with wider tires.
Inside, the 2018 BMW i3 offers spacious and very comfortable cabin. It will feature new optional combination of brown leather and grey cloth. However, it will generally continue with the same design as the current model. Perhaps it might get sportier steering wheel. The dashboard will receive a large 10.3-inch touchscreen with infotainment system.
As for the equipment, it will come standard with Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, climate control, heated front seats, automatic lights and so on.
Release date and price
The 2018 BMW i3 should hit the market in the end of 2017. As for the price, it is expected to start at around $40,000 but this information is not yet confirmed.