BMW Australia recently announced the arrival of the brand-new 2018 i3 LCI on the local market starting with January next year. Prices start from $68,700 and go up to almost $76,000.
Besides the standard variant i3, there are also other versions to consider, like the i3s ($69,900), i3 Range Extender ($74,700), as well as the top of the line i3s Range Extender ($75,900).
Compared with the last year`s i3, the new model stands out from the crowd with the “black belt” feature at the exterior extended over the A-pillars and roof. This provides a more exciting look. There are also the new LED technology with LED indicators and wider front and rears which create the impression of a much bigger i3.
The i3s versions are also enhanced with some new mechanical stuffs, like sports suspension with lower ride height, about 10 mm, adding as well new springs, sway bars and dampers. The rear`s track width has also been increased by 40 mm to provide better stability.
In the cabin, both the i3 and the i3s versions come with standard features and technology. However, the i3s adds the newest iDrive infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay compatibility, Professional grade navigation or On-Street Parking Informational Search technology with real-time traffic.
In the engine department, the standard 2018 BMW i3 is powered by an electric motor and 34 Ah battery, with an overall of 125 kW and 250 Nm of torque. This translates in a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds.
On the other hand, the 2018 i3s version comes with the same powertrain, but with higher output – 135 kW and 270 Nm of torque. That also makes faster as well – 6.9 seconds from a standstill to 100 km/h. The i3 Range Extender outputs the same power, yet adds a 340 km range.
You can find out more the model in the media gallery provided by BMW Australia! Enjoy and don’t forget to share your impressions with us!