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  • BMW i3 In Australia By November, Priced From $63,990

BMW has confirmed Australian pricing for its new ultra-green i3 light hatch this week, ahead of a November sales launch.

The i3 will be offered locally in two forms: the i3 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) and the i3 with Range Extender (REx, with a 647cc two-cylinder petrol engine acting as a generator).

Both models feature an electric motor that delivers 125kW and 250Nm, sending power to the rear wheels through a single-speed transmission.

The i3 BEV will be priced from $63,900, while the REx model will start from $69,900. (Plus on-road costs for both.)

Today’s pricing announcement positions the i3 above the $51,490 Nissan Leaf, along with Holden’s $59,990 Volt EV - which has notched up around 200 sales since its 2012 Australian launch.

Speaking today, BMW Australia boss Phil Horton said the i3’s ‘ground up’ design and its range of support services make the car “a compelling proposition” for those shopping in Australia’s small EV market.

“Add to this the innovative mobility services on offer with BMW 360 Electric and BMW ConnectedDrive and the benefits for the BMW i3 become crystal clear” Horton said.

Announced last year, the 360 Electric program will allow owners to rent other BMW models - at a reduced price - when planning trips that the small i3 might not be ideal for.

The i3 also boasts a ‘networking’ aspect, with the BMW i ConnectedDrive system offering navigation services focused specifically on electric mobility, along with real time traffic information, intelligent eCall and concierge services.

The system also connects with BMW’s i Remote phone app - on Android and Apple iOS - to display battery charge status remotely, while also confirming the status of door locks and windows.

When the i3 goes on sale, there will be four BMW i dealers: BMW Melbourne in Southbank, Melbourne; BMW Sydney in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney; Brisbane BMW in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane and Auto Classic in Victoria Park, Perth.

BMW says it will add two more i dealers at the end of the first quarter in 2015, servicing Adelaide and Canberra.

 

BMW i3: The Basics

BMW i3

  • 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds, 0–100 km/h in 7.2 seconds, acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h in 4.9 seconds.
  • Top speed: 150 km/h (limited, to maximise range).
  • Maximum range in everyday driving: between 130 km and 160 km (Comfort mode)
  • CO2: 0 g/km

BMW i3 with range extender

  • 0 to 60 km/h in 3.9 seconds, 0–100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h in 5.5 seconds.
  • Top speed: 150 km/h (limited, to maximise range).
  • Maximum range in everyday driving: between 240 km and 300 km (Comfort mode)

With range extender engine in use

  • CO2 emissions of 13 g/km
  • Fuel consumption of 0.6 l/100 km’s

MORE: BMW i3 Moves Closer To Australian Debut
MORE: BMW i3 Revealed, Tech Details Explained

 
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