Later this year, BMW will unveil their life cycle impulse – fancy word for product facelift – of the i3 electric car. Along with a few, yet important design changes, the new product line of electric cars will add a new model – an i3S sporty electric hatch.

The new spy photos from Munich show an i3 prototype featuring the typical BMW camouflage which aims to hide the fine design details. The front fascia will go through some changes with the front bumper being slightly redesigned, while the headlights will get new graphics.

In the back, the changes are less noticeable. The taillights will remain untouched, while the bumper gets a small adjustment.

The i3 S – compared to the i3 facelift – is rumored to offer a slightly beefier body, a lower ride height and wider tires. All of these will certainly adjust the character of the car, offering a more dynamic ride, as requested by some customers.

The interior is expected to be refreshed with an updated infotainment system, as well.

The i3s is expected to deliver between 10 and 15 more horsepower than the current model – which offers 168 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque – enough to propel the i3 from 0 to 62 mph in 7.3 second. The slight bump in power is likely to offer a faster standard sprint.

[Photos: Matski]