With nearly a week before its world debut, leaked photos of the BMW i3 emerge on the interwebs.
BMW’s first electric vehicle, and one of the company’s biggest bets in its history, will debut next Monday concomitantly in New York City, London and Beijing. As expected, the BMW i3 looks nearly identical to the i3 Concept Coupe revealed last year, which was built atop the original i3 Concept.
The i3 retains the suicide-style rear doors, now made out of CFRP instead of glass, and the high-tech interior design.
The BMW i3’s 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque hybrid-synchronous electric motor, developed and produced by BMW, is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery, good for 80-100 miles of emission-free driving. Designed from the ground up to be an electric car, the BMW i3 uses the Industry’s first mass produced carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell mounted on an aluminum chassis.
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (without Destination & Handling) in the US will be $ 41,350, before any federal or state incentives. The Destination & Handling fee in the US is currently $ 925.
BMW Group also announced the base price of 34,950 Euros for the BMW i3 in Germany. The BMW i3 will be available to customers in Germany in November 2013.
To see the full set of images, head over to Autoblog.nl