BMW is Trying to Make Its Electric I3 Sporty

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

BMW is hoping to breathe new life into its i3 electric hatch.

Next year, the BMW i3 will receive a facelift and a new range-topping model reportedly called the i3S. The new model is expected to be sportier, getting an uprated version of the current i3’s electric motor to give it a quicker zero-to-60-mph time. It’s unclear just how much more performance the i3S will offer, but the current model’s electric motor provides 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and a zero-to-60 time of 7.2 seconds.

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The facelifted BMW i3 will an updated appearance with new front and rear fascias, but don’t expect the changes to be drastic. The minor styling tweaks will be accompanied by possible changes to the headlights and a refreshed interior with an updated infotainment system.

Its range will also likely see an increase, but it won’t be major, considering BMW added a new 94-Ah battery to the lineup this year that provides up to 114 miles of range. Look for the facelifted BMW i3 to make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show next September.

[Source: Autocar]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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