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BMW i3 production fully revealed in patent drawings

 BMW i3 production fully revealed in patent drawings
BMW i3 production version leaked in patent drawing 29.06.2013 / automobile-magazine.fr

Remains true to the concept

After seeing the BMW i3 production version yesterday wearing minimal camouflage, today we bring fully revealing patent drawings.

BMW has decided to keep the car's looks pretty close to the concept revealed in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The first major difference is the absence of see-through door panels, while the front doors have been moved further back which has significantly reduced the size of the rear doors. In addition, the bumpers, head/taillights and mirrors look more down to earth now.

BMW will sell the i3 as a full electric model and with a range-extending engine. The former will pack a rear-mounted electric motor generating 170 bhp (127 kW) and 249 Nm (184 lb-ft) which should provide a range between 130 km (88 miles) to 160 km (99 miles). The range-extending model will have a 0.65-liter, two-cylinder motorcycle engine and should travel for up to 220 km (136 miles) before running out of juice. These are official figures as they have been revealed by head of product management at BMW i division Maximilian Kellner.

It will reportedly be available on order next month from a starting price of about 35,000 GBP (40,800 EUR / 53,300 USD) for the EV and 38,000 GBP (44,300 EUR / 57,800 USD) for the range-extender.

More photos are available at the source link below.

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Han Solo
Oh!! My!! God!!...that is ugly...
Jul 1, 2013 2:23 am
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Dude von Dudenstein
I could've drawn something much better looking than this... Why can't small electric cars have a decent looking exterior?!
Jun 30, 2013 11:12 am
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Rogue007
I appreciate that BMW developed an electrical car and all the ideas which are inside. But this car has an ugly design-finish (not the design in general) and unfortunately if the sales are going to be bad they will blame the engine.
Jun 30, 2013 7:58 am
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peterjames7
Never been sold on the styling of this if your going to set up a new brand then give it its own face styling not standard bmw face with a salvador dali painting for the rest. If it had a replaceable battery like a tesla that would be something
Jun 30, 2013 5:44 am
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Gile
I find 10 years old Audi A2 better looking than this
Jun 30, 2013 5:41 am
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peterjames7
But very similar looking
Jun 30, 2013 1:47 pm
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Gile
That's exactly why I compared these two cars. They have the same small monovolume form
Jul 1, 2013 3:24 am
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peterg
How is it full electric? When you can get a range extending petrol motor....
Jun 29, 2013 12:44 pm
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adrian.padeanu
There are two versions. One will have only the electric motor (hence full electric) and the other version electric motor + range-extending engine. That's why there are two prices...
Jun 29, 2013 12:53 pm
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peterg
That's only ugly car, makes some of the new Hondas look amazing
Jun 29, 2013 12:42 pm
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hunker7
Side windows are ugly
Jun 29, 2013 10:44 am
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GRAVE
Forget about evrrything, whats with the side rear window? Looks like it is melted
Jun 29, 2013 10:38 am
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tazcubed
That's in order to allow the passenger a means of escape when seen by friends.
Jul 1, 2013 11:37 am
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pzigly
They should have put this setup in a 1series to save on startup costs. This thing looks ugly and way too expensive. Also I wouldn't ever consider a car that uses your knees as a crumple zone in an accident.
Jun 29, 2013 4:58 am
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djcocum
Somehow many brands intend to differentiate their electric cars from the gasoline or diesel ones, just as Renault has done with the Twizy and Zoe. So, for BMW,making an serial production electric 1 series is pointless. Many people prefer an electric car that looks just like an electric car
Jun 29, 2013 5:41 am
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jwcf
ya dont even know more bout the car than us how could you say that - what are you, one of BMW designers? and if BMW never thought or considered about the 1er EV why is there an i3 over here. Sorry but criticism isn't what you take advantage of without respect and sometimes it does oppose back @pzigly
Jun 29, 2013 6:22 am
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CDspeed
There is an electric 1-series, the 1-series ActiveE coupe is out right now but is a lease only test vehicle which is only available in select cities.
Jun 29, 2013 7:39 am
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pzigly
Ha your right. I didn't know about that car. This means I was right in saying they should have started with a 1series lmao!!!
Jun 29, 2013 7:53 am
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pzigly
Now they have to deal with the Leaf which is cheaper, has a better range and has a starting price of $28k. This car looks like a tiny toy at around 55k.
Jun 29, 2013 7:49 am
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CDspeed
The i3 will have a better range, a temperature controlled battery, and is built mostly out of carbon fiber. It's going to be way better then the Leaf.
Jun 29, 2013 8:40 am
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pzigly
But the article says the i3 will have a range of 88-100 miles. The leaf has a 75mile or a little more range if your easy on it. So all that tech for just a few more miles is still not worth 55k price tag or being 20k over the leaf. If you move up 10-15k you can get a way better Tesla for 69k.
Jun 29, 2013 3:56 pm
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CDspeed
@ pzigly, the BMW is a luxury car whereas the Nissan is an economy brand, if Infiniti had an electric car even though it would be based on a Leaf it would have more premium features and naturally cost more. I've heard in Eco pro mode the electric only version is capable of over 100 miles maybe as high as 132.
Jun 29, 2013 5:07 pm
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pzigly
well, infinity is planning on something based on the leaf, we will see how much that costs. I don't think as much as the i3. I understand that BMW is a premium brand, but at that size honestly how much luxury will it have? Nissan is not really economy type of car if you are here in the states. We have the Altima, Maxima, 370Z, armada, pathfinder, murano, GTR, titan, all of which can have luxurious interiors and tech to match. Then they have the economy line. The leaf is no different, you can have the spec'ed out model with leather, bose, around view monitor, or the economy one. Just because a smart car has the benz logo on it doesn't mean its a premium car.
Jun 29, 2013 5:45 pm
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