BMW Introduces New 2018 i3 and i3s Electric Vehicles

By Christian Stampfer on 29 August 2017
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MUNICH—BMW introduced a redesigned i3 electric vehicle for the model year 2018 and announced a new model, the BMW i3s, the sport version of the i3.

The new 2018 i3 features an updated design, new standard features, and the same powerplant as the 2017 model, which, in turn was updated for that model year. Both the i3 and the i3s will be available with a Range Extender.

The new BMW i3 has a more aggressive and less dowdy look, with a wider track, new wheel arch moldings, and design lines that BMW refers to as “vastly horizontal.”   The net effect gives the car a more athletic stance.

The BMW i3s will feature a bumper inlay in black, accent strips on the border of the front fascia’s side sections, and a high-gloss black accent in the closed kidney grille. Starting with the 2018 model, LEDs will be used for all lighting functions. Full-LED headlights will be standard and will use LED bulb units for both low and high beams as well as for daytime running lights. The turn signal indicators will also be LED and will be integrated into the front apron in the form of horizontal strips.

Multiple new driver assistance technologies are available in the new i3 including Parking Assistance, Daytime Pedestrian Protection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, and Speed Limit Info. It also has the newest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which includes on-street parking information which the automaker said was specially developed for electric mobility. As part of BMW Connected, navigation will support intelligent route planning, which includes stops at charging stations or gasoline stations in the case of the range extender.

The 2018 i3 will also introduce 360° Electric, BMW’s designation for a range of products that includes a new optimized standard charging cable with a temperature sensor. The new cable will charge the car sufficiently for a range of 90 miles (145 kilometers) in three hours.

Starting in 2018, BMW will add BMW Digital Charging Service, which will integrate control of the charging experience into the driver’s smartphone.

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