BMW i3 priced in the low-to-mid-$40,000 range

BMW i | July 12th, 2013 by 5
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For months now BMW has been hinting that the BMW i3 will be priced in the 3 Series territory which in other words translates into …

For months now BMW has been hinting that the BMW i3 will be priced in the 3 Series territory which in other words translates into a price starting at $40,000 and slightly above. In a statement for Edmunds, David Buchko, a BMW spokesman hinted at this range as well: “The base price of the i3 in the U.S., not including the tax incentive, will be in the low-to-mid-$40,000s.”

The pricing does not factor in a federal tax credit of $7,500 and the official base price will be released on or before July 29th.

Furthermore, the BMWNA spokesman said BMW has not started accepting pre-orders for the i3 and has not yet launched the i3 configurator. No pricing was given for the optional REx range-extender. The range-extender engine is a 650cc two-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers 34 additional horsepower while increasing the driving range to 160-180 miles (250 – 300 km).

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Buchko also said that BMW will be entering into “a far-reaching partnership in the electricity field to ensure premium charging solutions are available” for the i3. Four-hour charging for the i3 will be available at BMW dealerships in the United States.

Just as we reported before, BMW will also offer a program that allows i3 owners to borrow a conventional gasoline or diesel vehicle for a longer trip. The service will be offered “as an additional mobility package.”

To see the first driving impressions of the BMW i3, click through the link.


5 responses to “BMW i3 priced in the low-to-mid-$40,000 range”

  1. Mnstr says:

    Was David Buchko speaking for BMW in any official capacity when he made this statement? Was it to stifle the overwhelming coverage that the $34,500 price that was widely touted as being the base price? We’ll probably just have to wait till the 29th to see the official statement.

  2. Michael says:

    I had heard some rumors espousing a $35k MSRP but significantly more suggested a price of $40k. Especially recently I had seen some saying $35k-$40k, which I was skeptical of. Based on his comment it appears that $40k-$45k is more accurate and frankly more consistent with what I had assumed.

    Official capacity or not, I would consider a BMWNA spokesman a credible source of information.

  3. auaq says:

    I’m rather interested to take a test drive in this new i-brand of BMW now. Interesting to see how far has BMW come a long way to reveal some of their technology compared to the already stable sales/market of several hybrid vehicles out there and especially of the Prius.

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