Updated BMW i3 Concept Revealed
BMW’s i3 concept car is moving closer to reality. An updated version of the all-electric, city car was revealed in London during the grand opening of BMW’s first showroom dedicated to the i product line. The i3 Concept premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September.
At first glance, the most striking change to the futuristic-looking i3 is the color, which is now described by the German automaker as Andesite Silver and High-gloss Black, with the BMW i Blue adorning the logo, kidney grille, and door sills.
The i3 is built around the LifeDrive concept which separates the car into two independent modules. The Drive section is made of aluminum and houses the drive system, battery and chassis; while the Life section, which is the passenger compartment, is a lightweight yet high-strength passenger cell made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.
The interior features renewable raw materials such as leather, wood and wool. Instruments are made from Eucalyptus wood derived from sustainably-managed forests in Europe, while a natural tanning agent made from olive leaves is used to treat the leather upholstery.
A freestanding steering column, which houses the the instrument cluster, start/stop button and gearshift lever gives the cockpit area an open and airy feeling. The full-width seat benches in the front and rear allow passengers to swap easily from one side of the car to the other and climb out comfortably.
BMW says the i3 Concept delivers 170 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The final production version is expected to be revealed next year.