The BMW i3 is being reportedly treated to a facelift for the 2017 model year and the refresh has also been tipped to the introduction of another two versions that would bring the range’s total to four.
The rumor mill is relentless when it comes to BMW’s i sub-brand – there should be an all new i5 model coming out soon – but the eco-friendly i3 is also being treated to a series of technology upgrades to make it even more relevant and green. Now an all new report also claims the Bavarians would move to introduce two new versions inside the range that is now made out of the all-electric i3 and the extended range i3. The fully electric i3 uses a battery pack to provide the necessary power while the range-extender also has a small internal combustion engine to provide generator duties.
According to the rumor mill, the duo would be seconded by two new variants that have the same pure electric or hybrid powertrains but using bigger battery packs. That means the current i3 would stick to 60-Ah batteries and customers will soon be allowed to also select a new, 94-Ah battery pack. The upgrades should also include new software and updated electronics for the EV, which is tipped to increase its range to around 120 miles (193 kilometers) from the current 80-mile (129-km) range. The official introduction is expected to take place this fall during the Paris Motor Show in October with sales kicking off before the start of 2017.