Rumor: BMW to offer new version of i3 electric car in 2017

BMW i, Rumors | November 27th, 2016 by 7
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BMW plans to launch a new version of its i3 electric car next year with a longer range and revamped design, German weekly Welt am …

BMW plans to launch a new version of its i3 electric car next year with a longer range and revamped design, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing company sources.

The rumor comes as a surprise considering BMW has just updated the i3 to give it more range and some additional features. According to the report, BMW will rework the front and rear of the i3 and equip the car with a new battery to increase its range substantially beyond the current 300 km maximum, the increase is said to be below 50 percent.

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Same report says that BMW has been torn about whether to accelerate development of new electric cars given the lower than expected sales reported to the high investment in the BMW i sub-divison.

BMW is currently facing increased pressure from Mercedes-Benz and Audi, which in additional to Tesla, have new electric products in the pipeline. BMW will also launch a fully electric X3 SUV within the next two years, followed by an electric version of the next generation 3 Series.

[Source: Reuters]

7 responses to “Rumor: BMW to offer new version of i3 electric car in 2017”

  1. Mark Tucker says:

    Most reviews of the i3 appear quite positive, it just needs looks BMW customers can fall in love with and it will sell in far greater numbers. When you see ideas for the proposed styling for the upcoming i5, it is very clear that BMW can do a lot better than current look.

    • TheBelltower says:

      The i3 seems to be going after the same sort of person who fell in love with the original 2002. Back then it was considered the ugly duckling by Mercedes and Porsche owners, as well as domestic luxury car owners… who of course were mocked and ridiculed by Porsche and MB owners for buying Cadillacs and Lincolns. The reality is, the i3 is very similar to the 2002 in functionality. Though the car could have easily been a typical 3-box design, the lack of an engine, the CF construction and weight constraints and battery placement allowed for a different design than what we are used to. Unlike the Prius, which is a conventional design in a vile wrapper, the i3 is purposeful and beautiful in its own way. I’ve owned BMWs, Range Rovers, Audis… and all it took was a drive in the i3 to win me over. I thought it would be just a grocery getter, but it turns out that I drive it most of the time because It’s pretty spectacular. And frankly, anyone who would get into a 320 or a 528 sedan with that rotten economy car engine… well, it goes to show how the 3 and 5 series buyer has devolved.

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  3. Kaisuke971 says:

    Hope it’ll look good this time

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  5. PeterG says:

    I’m with you Kaisuke! The i3 is hideously ugly to a traditional BMW driver’s eye. We would have loved to swap our ActiveE for a BMW electric, but just couldn’t get over the i3’s looks. Our current plan is to buy a Tesla next year

  6. Bob Morane says:

    What don’t BMW buyers like about the i3? The design or the body type? In design BMW never has been really good, so I do see what is so wrong with it, with the i8, these two are the most interesting designs, albite getting quickly outdated. If it is the body type, is the same as the 2 Series ActiveTourer, which is BMW’s best selling car.

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