With the initial vehicles of BMW's “i division” reaching the end of their design phase and moving into production for late 2013 and early 2014, some might expect the automaker to take a break, but with the debut of the i3 Coupe Concept, it is clear that a break is the exact opposite of what is going on with BMW's engineering department.
Designed in line with the ideas of future mobility and sustainability in the i3 electric hatchback and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, the primary goal of the coupe version is to show drivers that even economical vehicles can be emotive and stylish.
A lightweight carbon fiber body and aluminum chassis are present in the Coupe to greatly reduce overall vehicle weight and improve gas mileage, while the interior is composed of natural materials and offers a spacious feel.
A futuristic vehicle deserves a futuristic level of technology, and the i3 Coupe was presented with the BMW ConnectedDrive functions, which can be used to control the included navigation system as well as serve as a sync tool between a smartphone and the vehicle.
This all-electric vehicle features the same drivetrain as the other models in the i series: a 170-hp rear-mounted electric motor that produces 184 lb-ft of torque and is powered by an array of lithium ion batteries. Not only does this allow for more storage space than a typical electric or hybrid vehicle, but it also increases safety by lowering the center of gravity.
The i3 Coupe is not slated for production yet, but auto enthusiasts are already seeing the announcement as a representation of the potential available in the BMW i models.
For more information on this new concept car, readers are encouraged to contact the sales team at Motor Werks BMW of Barrington — they’re well-informed on all of the latest news regarding BMW and their lineup. They can be reached online, by phone at (866) 895-7310, or in person at 1475 S Barrington Rd.