Saturday , December 3 2016

BMW i3 Facelift To Debut In 2017

At present, the new BMW electric car i3 is powered by a 125kW (170PS) electric motor that delivers a 250Nm of twist the second you put your foot on an accelerator pedal.

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BMW i3

BMW’s little green crusader is due for a mid-life makeover. Reports have suggested that the i3 BMW is likely to get its first show off next year. The German automaker itself has remained mum over the possible update, but if the rumours are to be believed, the electric hatch is likely to feature updated styling indications and an upgraded powertrain as well.

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BMW i3

At present, the new BMW electric car i3 is powered by a 125kW (170PS) electric motor that delivers a 250Nm of twist the second you put your foot on an accelerator pedal. The instant power delivery means that it clocks 0-60kmph in a just 3.2 seconds, whereas 0-100kmph takes a little over 7 seconds. Maximum range stands at the 160 kilometers in the pure electric mode, which can be taken up to 300 kilometers if you choose for the range-extender petrol motor. The update is likely to further enhance the range of the electric motor. The BMW electric car i3 might also be made available with a choice of the  different ranges, to let the customer choose one based on his requirements.

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BMW i3

Taking about automobiles the i3 looks straight out of the future, the design hasn’t been to everyone’s taste. BMW will be looking at  the giving the front and rear profile a little nip and tuck to make it easier on the eyes. According to a report published by German weekly Welt am Sonntag, the update to the exteriors is a direct effect of the ‘persistent criticism’ BMW has received over how the BMW electric car i3 looks. It wouldn’t be unbelievable to assume a few updates to filter into the cabin as well.

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BMW already retails its i8 hybrid a supercar in India. Will the i3 BMW make inroads into the Indian market as well? While chances are slim, we cannot rule it out entirely either. With manufacturers queueing up green cars in an extremely niche segments (read: Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Prius), we see no reason why the little i3 with a big BMW badge shouldn’t be introduced.

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