More info surfaces for BMW i3

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BMW is busy electrifying its piston cars- the latest being an electric 3 series, now called the BMW i3. Replacing BMW’s first, somewhat controversial, modern EV, the new i3 is now less polarizing.v

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As new information has surfaced since our last article on the i3, it’s time to analyze the newcomer further.

Like the recent iX3, the i3 has plastic, blanked-out kidney grilles with blue outlines; closing the intake reduces drag, while still maintaining the BMW look. Different headlights and a front bumper distinguish the electric from the piston 3, but it’s not very obvious to non-BMW fans.

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As shown on the MIIT catalogue
Spotted testing overseas, likely not the long-wheelbase version

The side profile looks identical to the regular 3 series, other than the aero-wheels which further increases efficiency.

From the rear, a re-designed bumper fills the void of the missing exhaust pipes. Thanks to the i3, BMW-Brilliance, and e drive 35L badging, everyone will know that you’re driving an electric BMW. Speaking of the rear, the i3 will come with rear air suspension as standard- possibly due to its hefty 2,049kg weight.

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Interestingly, the dimensions of the electric 3 are slightly larger than the piston 3.

i3: 4872/1846/1481mm,2966mm wheelbase

Regular 3: 4719/1827/1459mm,2851mm wheelbase

Power comes courtesy of a 250kW (~355hp) motor on the rear axle, allowing a limited top speed of 180km/h; NEDC range is expected to be 500km thanks to the 74kWh NCM ternary battery onboard.

Roadmap indicates the i3 long wheelbase will be for the Chinese-market only.

It’s interesting seeing different attitudes car makers take towards EVs. Companies like Mercedes and VW have taken the plunge, making EV platforms and electric-only models for the market. On the other hand, companies like Mazda and BMW are taking it all

Source:, Kingauto, ibmw club

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  1. Is it possible read these monthly list of approved Chinese cars that the government publish? Is it from a website that you can read or subscribe to or is it corporate only? I’m highly interested to know about all the new cars made in China.


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