The BMW i3 hasn’t turned out to be a massive success; the German luxury car maker only managed to sell around 25,000 of them last year. In hopes of increasing that number in the future, the company plans to bring an updated and redesigned i3 to the market at some point next year.
According to the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, the new i3 will get a total makeover as both its front and rear ends will be redesigned. It’s kind of hard to say just how different the new model will look when compared to its predecessor, but even so, we do expect to see some significant design changes.
In addition, the new i3 will receive improvements in the battery department and will, therefore, have a longer range. It’s currently not known exactly how much further you’ll be able to drive the car, but the report does state that the range won’t improve for more than 50 percent when compared to the current i3 model.
The i3 has a range of 114 miles on a full charge, which can be increased up to 180 miles with the help of the range extender. A 50-percent increase would allow the car to travel for around 170 miles, which is obviously a welcome improvement, but is still less than a lot of its competitors. The Tesla Model S with a P100D battery, for example, has a range of around 300 miles. But then again, it is a lot more expensive than the i3.
The more reasonably priced Tesla 3, however, will have a minimum range of 214 miles per charge, while the Chevy Bolt is able to take you on a 238 mile long trip with a full battery. But as Klaus Frölich, a member of the board of management over at BMW said, range is not everything when it comes to EVs.
So, what do you think? Are you excited to hear that BMW will announce the updated i3 model next year?