The first photos with the Bmw i3 patent drawings emerged on the web showing the production version of the small car. As you can see from the photos, the design is similar to the one seen on the i3 Concept that made its debut back in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Still there are some differences, such as the absence of the see-through door panels, new headlights and taillights.
The new Bmw i3 is expected to make its debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and the vehicle will be sold as a full electric model and with a range-extending engine. The rear-mounted electric motor will generate 170 hp (127 kW) and 249 Nm of torque (184 lb-ft).
i3 will have a range between 130 km and 160 km (88 miles or 99 miles). The range-extending model will use a 0.65 liter, two-cylinder motorcycle engine that will offer a range of 220 km (136 miles). Still, Bmw needs to reveal the official numbers. Pricing will start at around 40,000 euros.
Thanks to the LifeDrive architecture and BMW eDrive drive technology, designers were given a lot of liberty in penning the design of the new BMW i3. With body dimensions of 3,999 mm in length, 1,775 mm in width and 1,578 mm in height, the BMW i3 has characteristic compact proportions that promptly convey its dynamism and agility especially in urban settings.
Strongly indicating the nimbleness of the new BMW i3 are its short overhangs of the BMW i3 while its lightness is conveyed through its large glass surfaces and visible carbon structures.
Thanks to the employment of light yet rigid carbon fiber reinforced plastic for the passenger compartment, the new BMW i3 could do away with the B-pillars, thereby making it easier for occupants to access the interior.
As designed, the new BMW i3 features the so-called “black belt,” a signature element of BMW i models that flows from the bonnet through the roof and to the rear. The new BMW i3 also features the so-called "stream flow" sweep on the side contours. This styling cue allows for larger side window surfaces on the rear of the new i3, thereby amplifying the effect of interior space.
Up front, the new BMW i3 is marked by a dynamically contoured apron as well as by re-interpreted version of BMW kidney grille as flanked headlights surrounded with U-shaped LED light units. On the other hand, the U-shaped LED rear lights are now integrated as "floating" elements into the large tailgate.