BMW i3 may have the coolest car interior

BMW i, News | June 21st, 2017 by 22
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Somewhere along the way, throughout the history of the automobile, car interiors started to all replicate each other. Go back five or six decades and …

Somewhere along the way, throughout the history of the automobile, car interiors started to all replicate each other. Go back five or six decades and car cabins were all remarkably different, with unique ideas and ways of doing things. However, modern cars are all very, very similar on the inside. Across brands, segments and price points, car cabins are mostly the same, in terms of overall layout, shape and technology. But there is one outlier in the industry and that’s the BMW i3.

Step into the BMW i3 and it’s almost like a different world, compared to other cars. It’s so different from anything else on the market that it’s almost unnerving. Whereas you can pretty much get in any car these days and immediately understand how to control and operate it and its systems, the i3 is different. There’s a learning curve and that throws people at first. And it isn’t even just because it’s an electric car, therefore lacking the need for conventional powertrain, as it differs greatly from every other electric car as well.

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It’s sort of funny, as there have been quite a few modern cars that try and attempt a retro look with their cabins. The current Mustang, with its classic dials and dash layout, is one of them. Yet, the BMW i3 takes you twenty years into the future. There’s so much negative space, so much interior room that’s it’s almost shocking. In front of the funky two-spoke steering wheel is a single screen that displays the simplest of information and nothing more. The iDrive screen sort of floats above a section of negative space that’s often covered in eucalyptus wood and surrounded by exposed, unfinished carbon fiber reinforced plastic.

There’s nothing else like the cabin of the BMW i3 on the market. It’s fascinating and charming in a way that nothing else can come close to managing. Like it or not, there’s no denying its departure from the current car norms. This makes it one of the coolest cabins on the planet and the most interesting.

[Source: Autoblog]

22 responses to “BMW i3 may have the coolest car interior”

  1. Michael says:

    This post sucks.

  2. Arunabh says:

    This interior is indeed one of the most artful automotive designs of recent time, for me.

    It saddens me so much to see that the car company who can do such amazing designs have made G11/12/30.

    Hopefully, things get back on track sooner than later.

    • Senne says:

      Come on, the G11/12/30 have gorgeous, driver focused, luxurious, extremely well-built interiors! You can’t expect BMW to put an i3-like interior in their most important vehicles. People complained (which imo wasn’t rightfully) about BMW’s interiors not being as luxurious or whatever as Mercedes’, but now they’ve killed it. All the materials they use are of best quality, the lay-out is fantastic. And I’ve heard Mercedes interiors are overrated; they use cheap plastic in places where they really shouldn’t.

  3. Arunabh says:

    I remember reading an article about the design philosophy behind the BMW i car’s interiors sometime in the past.

    It stated that the designers worked on achieving a zen like state of mind for the occupants through the design itself. The environment inside should be calm and serene enough to relax and soothe the driver/user. From the texture, to material, to color etc. everything has been chosen in order to create the intended affect.

    This would have resulted in less aggressive driving and in turn better fuel efficiency. Just one of the many ways other than BMW’s efficient dynamics to achieve superlative efficiency.

    Needless to say, My love for BMW deepened further after reading that piece. These guys just go to depths unknown to create the driving excellence that BMW is all about.

    Just hoping that BMW comes back to its rightful after the mess of G11/12/30, 6GT, sooner than later. There is nothing much wrong with most of these designs in isolation, honestly. Its just that anything with BMW roundel just can’t be without distinctiveness and lofty levels of holistic excellence. A personal opinion.

    Long live BMW.

  4. Owen says:

    Apart from the leather that comes in only Brown. And no CarPlay. Hoping the new i3 offers more options.

  5. John says:

    The interior doesn’t make up for the exterior.

    • Terry Cowan says:

      i8 starred in Mission: Impossible.
      i3 could star in a Kubrick movie.
      Or Blade Runner 2049.

    • M98987 says:

      It’s BMW’s Beetle.
      And it’s cool.

    • TheBelltower says:

      The exterior is awesome. Most people have gotten too used to our roadways being littered with grimmace-faced Camrys and Fusions. Even a Mini Cooper has an aggressive mug these days. I’ll take a no-attitude, noiseless, carbon fiber car of the future any day.

  6. AwesomeDude says:

    I like the inside, but the outside… im not so sure about that.

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