BMW i3 Coupe Concept revealed ahead of L.A. debut

BMW i3 Coupe Concept 27.11.2012
BMW i3 Coupe Concept 27.11.2012

Could preview a production model

BMW has released the first details about the i3 coupe concept, ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Essentially a three door version of the i3 concept, the coupe features a revised exterior with a modified front fascia, restyled doors and new side skirts. There's also an updated rear end with a new tailgate and a revised bumper.

Despite the changes, the model is instantly recognizable as an i variant thanks to its distinctive "stream flow" design. This particular concept has a two-tone exterior with 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in low rolling-resistance tires. Overall, the car measures 3,964mm long, 1,768mm wide and 1,555mm tall with a wheelbase that spans 2,570mm.

The i3's cabin has also been revamped as it incorporates leather / wool seats, light eucalyptus wood trim and brushed aluminum accents. There's also a digital instrument cluster, an iDrive infotainment system and two individual rear seats.

Motivation is provided by an electric motor that develops 170 HP (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. It is powered by a lithium-ion battery which enables the model to travel up to 160 km (100 miles) on a single charge.

BMW hasn't decided if the concept will go into production, but hinted it "demonstrates the potential for conceivably extending the [i3] model range."

Source: BMW

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Homerlovesbeer Homerlovesbeer
Love it!
Nov 28th, 2012 11:08am
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lay0027 lay0027
As much as I love BMW's, this is definitely not a coupe. I'd say its a 3 door hatchback!
Nov 27th, 2012 10:01pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
I'm a little let down by the fact that its only a three door variant of the i3, but I'm sure BMW also meant this as a production i3 preview. So far I really like what I see, the exterior looks great but the interior update looks fantastic. I like the stylish modernist look of the interior, the only question now is how close is this to the final production design?
Nov 27th, 2012 9:29pm
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Bonganie Bonganie
If it was by Citroen it wud be ok but because its BMW it just looks bad!
Nov 27th, 2012 6:28pm
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aestival aestival
Something that BMW desperately needs, but this concept is way too funny and weird. It doesn't have BMW's industrial design feeling; theres no Raymond Loewy - only mainstream kitsch.
Nov 27th, 2012 6:25pm
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rt001 rt001
Where's the price?
Nov 27th, 2012 6:06pm
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DoruZamfirDejeu DoruZamfirDejeu
Not bad, but to expensive.
Nov 27th, 2012 5:59pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
Yeah there's no mention of the price here, but BMW has said the i3 will be priced just under the 5-series. Which I imagine will make it slightly less then the 528i.
Nov 27th, 2012 9:33pm
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