The BMW i3 is currently available for order in China where the model in question has been priced from 449, 800 CNY, or the equivalent of 73,000 USD.
BMW is not known for making cheap vehicles and despite being the most expensive one in its segment, the i3 is also the only premium one. In the United States, the vehicle is priced from 42,300 USD, including the destination and handling charges, but in China, this is significantly more expensive, coming in at 449,800 CNY, or the equivalent of 73,000 USD, at today’s exchange rate. Despite its “not so friendly price”, the company feels it will sell a lot of i3s in the Asian country.
The BMW i3 has been officially unveiled last year and it is currently being assembled in Leipzig, Germany. The vehicle has been designed by Richard Kim and it is the first one to enter the new “green” i range, being followed by the i8. The i3 is basically a city car, with a five-door hatchback body style, coming with a rear-engine and a rear-wheel drive layout. It is packing a 170 HP (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) electric motor, mated to a single-speed transmission. The range can be extended with the 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine, rated at 34 HP.