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Official launch is set for next week

If you follow the automotive world, BMW, or electric vehicles in particular you may be familiar with the BMW i3. This car set to make its official debut next week, but ahead of that official debut a slew of images have now hit the internet. Images of the car have been seen online in the past, but those vehicles wore camouflage to disguise some of the lines of the vehicle.


The new images that have leaked are of the car sans its camouflage. We already know that the car will start at $41,350 for the full electric version when it goes on sale in the United States next year.

 
BMW will no doubt pitch the vehicle as a more upscale alternative to other small, electric-only vehicles like the Ford Focus Electric ($35,200) and the Nissan Leaf ($27,700).


The little electric car has a 168 hp synchronous electric motor and a top speed of 93 mph. There will be a range extended version of the car with a gasoline engine, but pricing has been unannounced on that version.

Source: Autocar



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RE: Cheap prop from a Michael Bay film???
By Flunk on 7/25/2013 9:43:32 AM , Rating: 2
It's funky and modern, I'd buy one. I imagine it's marketed at city dwellers who value up to the second styling above tradition.


RE: Cheap prop from a Michael Bay film???
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/25/2013 10:29:22 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's oddly endearing due to its ugliness. Sort of like the Nissan Juke. That thing is horribly disfigured, but I kind of like it.


By rountad on 7/25/2013 5:20:50 PM , Rating: 2
Brandon's going to buy one out of pity!


RE: Cheap prop from a Michael Bay film???
By Monkey's Uncle on 7/25/2013 10:35:27 AM , Rating: 3
For 41K I'd buy a Chevy Volt before I touched this lump of misshapen metal & plastic.

At least with the Volt, you get the 'range extender' as a part of the car's price. On this one expect to pay another couple grand just for the 38hp 'helper' gas motor that doesn't even have enough grunt to properly charge the car's battery. It really is sad and really is obscenely overpriced even by BMW's standards.


RE: Cheap prop from a Michael Bay film???
By Reclaimer77 on 7/25/2013 10:44:25 AM , Rating: 2
But as a pure EV, this trounces the Volt. Too bad it's just super ugly lol. With just a few small changes on window size etc etc, this could look like a Mini Cooper. Hopefully this is a rough concept design and the styling will get changed.

It really bothers me when people refer to the Volt as an EV. It has a gas engine! It's not a pure EV.


By foxalopex on 7/25/2013 11:26:48 AM , Rating: 3
The reason why a lot of folks consider the Volt as an EV is because for months on end it drives like an EV. The last time I filled up my 2013 Volt was sometime in May! If you can keep your daily trips under 40 miles then a tank of gas will last an entire year. (Volt will burn through the entire tank at the 1 year mark to avoid gas from going stale, if you're smart you gradually use up the gas over a year with some slightly longer than 40 mile trips) The car will also burn about 1/2 cup (I'm not kidding) of gas every month to keep the engine from seizing from non-use. My current last fill-up would have been from April if I hadn't taken my car on a 5,000 mile cross-country trip back in May. This is why I really like this car. It's an EV in regular use around town (keep it under 40 and it's full electric) and without a second thought I can take it across the country by fuelling it with gas.


RE: Cheap prop from a Michael Bay film???
By M'n'M on 7/25/2013 3:20:08 PM , Rating: 2
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With just a few small changes on window size etc etc, this could look like a Mini Cooper.

Small changes ? SMALL changes ?!?! This thing looks like the outcome of a 3-way with an Aztek, Mini Coupe and Juke. It puts the U in ugly. When you look up ugly in the dictionary, this just displaced Helen Thomas as the picture you'll find.


By M'n'M on 7/25/2013 3:26:37 PM , Rating: 2
Just to add ... my best guess is the BMW let this design go so they wouldn't have to hear about Chris Bangle anymore. One look at the front of this thing and people will be forgetting all about Bangle Butt BMWs.


RE: Cheap prop from a Michael Bay film???
By Reclaimer77 on 7/25/2013 3:41:27 PM , Rating: 2
Nope. If you look at just the profile, no details, JUST the profile outline of this vehicle. It wouldn't take many changes to make this look something like a Mini.

It's just the details that make this truly ugly. The windows are wrong. That stupid rear half-door is just ugly. The rear end needs works. Stuff like that.


By Mint on 7/26/2013 4:20:16 PM , Rating: 2
Good observation.

I'd go so far as to say it's really only the front end and rear lights that makes the car look ugly. The windows are a unique touch. The front bumper and lights make it look too goofy, IMO.


RE: Cheap prop from a Michael Bay film???
By Spuke on 7/25/2013 4:14:58 PM , Rating: 2
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When you look up ugly in the dictionary, this just displaced Helen Thomas as the picture you'll find.
I don't man, I don't know.


By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 7/25/2013 7:29:54 PM , Rating: 3
At least the i3 has some beauty inside, while Helen Thomas was ugly all the way through.


RE: Cheap prop from a Michael Bay film???
By half_duplex on 7/25/2013 12:01:30 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a city dweller, I value up to the second style, but this is ugly and lacks vision and creativity. There is nothing about it that is inspiring. If you confuse this for style, it's already a lost cause.


RE: Cheap prop from a Michael Bay film???
By foxalopex on 7/25/2013 12:24:03 PM , Rating: 2
I have to admit this car doesn't really hold up to how a BMW is suppose to look. The Volt looks better than the i3 although I have to admit I might be slightly biased for owning one. Still, the i3 prototype they were showing off did look good. I remember seeing it with clear see throu doors which were probably made of poly-carbonate. My guess thou is unfortunately you can't have doors made of that in real-life or you'll probably die in a side collision. XD So unfortunately it ended up looking like this.


By drycrust3 on 7/25/2013 4:53:00 PM , Rating: 2
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I have to admit this car doesn't really hold up to how a BMW is suppose to look.

If you look at the flat screen instrument panel, we have a panel that looks just like that on the ticket machine on the buses I drive, and that sort of panel is really bad to look at when the sun is shining directly on it. This isn't so much of a problem on a bus ticket machine because you're generally not moving when you're using it, so you can move around to avoid the glare and see the information on it. That panel in this car has no shielding on it, so when you drive around a corner on you're way to or from work, and the sun shines through your driver's window - blah! Can't see how fast I'm going.
Actually, when you look at the steering wheel, it seems to me a person of normal height and arm length wouldn't be able to see the speed they are driving at because the steering column is a bit too high. While this is probably just adjusted to that height for demonstration purposes, its like there is also a lump of white plastic in the way as well, so even if you moved the seat back and adjusted the column to the right height for yourself, you still can't see the dashboard (maybe this is how they avoid the problem of glare from the sun).
Also, there isn't anywhere on the dashboard where you can place your smartphone without it sliding off. For example, if you want to use the voice navigation then you're stuck with having the phone somewhere that's outside of arms reach or where the phone gets a weak signal from nearby towers ... well you can't; or if you want to use your smartphone as a Head Up Display speedometer ... again: you can't. Actually, why none in this car? A car of this value could easily have one.


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