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2017 BMW i3

At a Glance

Pricing $43,600 - $47,450
Drive Types RWD
Engines EV
Transmissions A1

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 50

Overview Information

The BMW i3 is a purpose built electric vehicle intended to appeal to urban customers. The i3 is a four-passenger model with a hatchback. Access to the rear seat is provided by two rear-hinged access doors. The rear-mounted electric is rated at 170-bhp and drives the rear wheels. BMW estimates that the 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack gives the i3 an 80-100 mile driving range. A full recharge at 220V requires 3 hours. For drivers that worry about the electric driving range, the i3 is available with a 34-bhp 650cc two-cylinder gasoline range extender engine. The range extender is used to provide electricity and does not drive the wheels. The i3 has a uniquely styled interior with upright seating.

Official Word:

Today BMW announced that BMW i will offer a new model range of its compact electric car, the BMW i3 and from the 2017 model year will be offering a new version with more than 50% increased battery capacity. The 2017 BMW i3 (94 Ah) has a capacity of 33 kilowatt hours (kWh) thanks to the higher energy density of the lithium ion cells. The BMW i team worked to ensure that the battery dimensions remain...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
i3 EV (170-bhp) A1 RWD 50 $43,600
i3 range extender EV (170-bhp) A1 RWD 50 $47,450