These are the first fully revealing photos of the 2014 BMW i3 which will go official on July 29, ahead of a public debut scheduled for September during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW has decided to maintain many of the styling cues seen on the concept, while the back doors are opened rearward to provide an easier entrance into the cabin. Speaking of the interior, it’s different than what most BMW models have to offer, featuring bespoke materials and lots of angular lines which provide a fresh and sharp appearance. It will be optionally available with a wood trim, as well as metallic accents to further spice up the cabin.
The pure electric BMW i3 will have an electric motor rated at 170 HP (125 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque working together with a 22 kWh lithium-ion battery. This setup will be enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 7.2 seconds and an electronically-capped top speed of 93 mph (150 km/h). On a single charge it should provide a range between 81 to 99 miles (130 to 160 km).
The range-extending BMW i3 will come the same setup but with the addition of a 2-cylinder 650cc engine working as a generator. In this version, range will be of about 180 miles (300 km).