BMW i3 Concept Coupe is a networked electric 3-door hatch

BMW has unveiled the latest addition to its, as yet unreleased, i-Series electric and hybrid range: a three-door version of the i3 Concept.


Powering the i3 Concept Coupe is an electric motor with 125kW (170hp) of power and 250Nm (184lb-ft) of torque. All the power is sent to the rear wheels via a single speed transmission. The electric engine is powered by a set of lithium ion batteries wedged underneath the cabin floor. The i3 rides on large 20-inch alloys, albeit shod with narrow 155/60 and 175/55 rubber.

Range is claimed to be 160km (100mi) from a fully charged set of batteries. There are three driver selectable operation modes: Comfort, Eco Pro and Eco Pro+. The Eco Pro modes are aimed at helping improve the i3’s range, with the climate control system turned into energy efficient mode and Eco Pro+ limiting the top speed to 90km/h (56mph).

The i3’s Concept Coupe’s cabin is constructed out of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) that’s both strong and light (not to mention exceptionally pricey). This has allowed BMW’s designers to do away with the B-pillar (the pillar at the between the front and rear passenger’s side windows).

In the light, airy cabin LCDs abound. There’s a 6.5-inch display ahead of the driver that functions primarily as the instrument cluster, whilst in the centre of the dashboard there’s a 8.8-inch high res screen for the entertainment and nav system. The nav system is connected to the internet via BMW’s i ConnectedDrive system. A smartphone app will let driver’s check up on the charging status of their cars, as well as plan out achievable routes.

Dimensions

Length: 3,964mm
Width: 1,768mm
Height: 1,555mm
Wheelbase: 2,570mm

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]