Battery boost for BMW i3
BMW has given its electric i3 hatchback another mid-life boost.
The brand says a larger 42kWh battery increases the model’s real-world range to 260 kilometres - around double that of the original i3 released in 2013.
Impressively, the new battery is the same physical size as the original model, reflecting the pace of improvement for electric vehicles.
As before, the compact model is available in 125kW i3 form, or as a more powerful 135kW i3s which cuts the car’s 0-100km/h time from 7.3 to 6.9 seconds.
Priced from $68,700 plus on-roads (set aside another $1200 for the i3s), the machine comes with new features such as Apple CarPlay, wireless charging and smart keys as standard.
Other equipment includes a 10.25-inch infotainment screen hocked up to BMW’s top navigation service and driver aids such as active cruise control, forward collision warning and pedestrian detection systems.
The updated i3 arrives in February 2019.
David McCowen is Drive’s news editor, combining automotive passion with more than a decade of reporting experience. Dave is often found at a racetrack – either in the press room, or driving his hot hatch.