Autoblog, quoting an unnamed BMW spokesperson, confirms that the 2013 BMW i3 will be a rear-wheel drive vehicle. The news comes as no surprise to us since we have reported in the past that the i3 Megacity will inherit the RWD DNA from previous BMWs.
Furthermore, a recent spy video showed an i3 test mule drifting on snow with the rear tires spinning. The other confirmation from Autoblog revolves around the placement of the engine. As expected, due to the battery size and electric drivetrain, the electric motor will be mounted amidships.
In just two weeks at the New York Auto Show, BMW will showcase the first version of this all-electric drivetrain fitted to the ActiveE 1-Series. Autoblog gives further details on the drivetrain:
“However, the primary difference between the i3’s system and the unit fitted to the ActiveE is the battery pack. On the i3, the cells will be grouped together, whereas the electrified 1 Series will have battery packs spanning the space between the passenger compartment and the trunk.”
At launch, the i3 and Megacity vehicles will be offered in a two-door, four-seat configuration. In the future, the MCV sub-brand will include two additional models. First one due in 2015 and dubbed ICV, short Intracity Vehicle, will be a two-door, two-seat car. In 2017, UCV – Urban Commuter Vehicle -will extend the length of the initial MCV and has four doors while hosting five people.
A concept version of the BMW i3 is expected to debut this fall at Frankfurt Motor Show.