The new 2017 BMW i3 is a compelling choice for anyone looking for a luxury-brand panache and sportiness with green credentials. Surprisingly, it is also practical therefore taking its appeal a notch higher. Some of the highlights that define the newest BMW i3 2017 include spacious four-passenger seating capacity, a peppy acceleration, versatile cargo area, stylish and well-made interior, and nimble handling. The BMW i3 release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.
For starters, the i3 is the pug of the German marque lineup. It’s stout, flat-nosed, short, and cute and ugly depending on how you decide to view it. Its power can either be derived from a gasoline generator or battery power alone. Its handling and acceleration are among the best the class offers. Finally wrapping up the superficial specs for the i3 is its avant-garde cabin and luxurious cabin. A holistic review is offered below. Be my guest!
The BMW i3 is primarily intended for city dwellers as its range comes a bit short and BMW estimates it to be around 81 miles, however, this is a standard estimate as the range can vary depending on the driving style, and terrain. For those looking for a better range, there’s the 2017 BMW i3 REX model that BMW says can get a combined range of about 150 miles.
The 2017 BMW i3 is unique proposition unparalleled nowhere else. However, for those shopping in its class, there are a few vehicles one might consider. They include the Mercedes B250e, Ford Focus Electric, Nissan Leaf, and the Volkswagen e-Golf.
2017 BMW i3 Review of Trims
Three trims are available for the four-passenger 2017 BMW i3: Mega World, Tera World, and Giga World. Additional or slight changes to the lineup can be expected on its release date.
2017 BMW i3 Interior & Exterior Changes
Some of the available changes available for the i3 Mega World include auto-dimming mirrors, a navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, nineteen-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite and HD radio, a 6.5” central screen, a leather-wrapped telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, automatic wipers, LED running lights and taillights, adaptive xenon headlights, a USB port, the iDrive electronics interface, a premium vinyl and cloth upholstery, manual adjustable front seats, automatic wipers, and an auxiliary audio jack.
Upgrading to the Giga model gets you features such as full leather upholstery, upgraded interior upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, and distinctive nineteen-inch alloy wheels.
Options available for the three trims include an upgraded navigation system, a lane-departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, real-time traffic, frontal collision mitigation, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, BMW’s Online and Apps services, and automatic braking. Others include a Harman Kardon sound system, twenty-inch wheels, automated parallel parking system, a rearview camera, and front parking sensors.
Exterior BMW i3 colors include Platinum Silver w/BMW I Frozen Blue Accent, Capparis White w/BMW I Frozen Blue Accent, Fluid Black w/Highlight BMW I Frozen Blue, and Ionic Silver Metallic.
2017 BMW i3 Engine Specs
Motivation for the 2017 BMW i3 is offered by the synergistic working relationship of the gasoline engine and electric motors. Power is derived from the 125kW electric motor that derives its power from a 22kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Combined output regardless of whether you choose the regular i3 or the i3 REX (range Extender) will get you about 170 horsepower and 184 lbs. ft. of torque.
Fuel economy ratings as per EPA estimates stand at 124 MPGe for combined city/highway cruising. Opting for the 2017 BMW i3 Range Extender model will further enhance the range to up to 150 miles due to the added gasoline engine with a displacement of 2.4L. The fuel economy, however, suffers slightly and EPA estimates it to check in at 117 MPGe.
The 2017 BMW i3 REX 0-60 mph stands at 7.1 seconds, and 6.6 seconds with the regular i3. When it comes to battery charging times, expect 20 hours for a depleted battery to recharge fully on the 110-V outlet, and about four hours with the 240-V.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 5.2 in. (101.2 in.)
Length: 13 ft. 1.8 in. (157.8 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 9.9 in. (69.9 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume: 15,1 ft³
Curb weight: 2860 lbs
Top Speed: 94 mph
0-60: 7,1 sec
MPG: 137/111 mpg (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Capparis White w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Fluid Black w/Highlight BMW i Frozen Blue, Ionic Silver Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Mineral Grey w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Platinum Silver w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent and Solar Orange Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
2017 BMW i3 Release Date & Price
Rumors within and without industry circles allege the newest BMW i3 will most likely go for sale sometime in the first half of 2017 with an MSRP starting from $42,400. Leasing will also be available.