The electric city dweller has gone through an interesting update this year, but as it turns out – if we’re to believe the rumor mill – next year things will get even better, with upgraded design and even longer range.
BMW is keenly interested in the eco revolution, since they invested billions into turning a reality the dream of green vehicles of the “i” subbrand. The hustle could have paid off – they sold more than 100,000 examples of electric and plug in hybrid vehicles since 2013, with the small i3 taking the lion’s share. Starting next year – just like every other premium automaker – it will deliver an even wider array of EV and hybrid models. This is because the German company seeks to achieve 15 to 25 percent of sales in the segment by 2025 – and according to a report the strategy will be headlined from 2017 onwards by a facelifted version of the i3.
German weekly Welt am Sonntag claims the automaker will introduce a refreshed version with numerous stylistic improvements and an increased electric autonomy. The vehicle is set to gain a completely new battery pack, which is said to award a 50 percent increase in range. The 2016 model year i3 already got an update – complete with new 94-Ah battery with 33-kWh capacity that delivers an EPA-rated maximum range of 114 miles (183 kilometers).