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BMW i3 revealed in leaked images

July 24, 2013

Pictures of BMW’s new all-electric city car, the BMW i3, have been leaked online ahead of its official unveiling. This is the first time the production version has been seen.

BMW i3 production car

Although it looks a bit like your everyday city car, with very small proportions and short front and rear overhangs, the i3 is a very interesting car not only for BMW but for the motoring industry as well.

It will be the Bavarian company’s first all-electric vehicle, and it will come in two forms; the electric and the range-extending electric.

The electric version is powered by a 22kWh lithium-ion battery which produces a respectable 125kW of power and 250Nm of torque. It’s able to propel the micro machine from 0-100km/h in a very brisk 7.2 seconds.

Maxing out the little i3 will end at 150km/h, while a full-charge range is approximately 130km to 160km.

BMW i3 production car-interior

For those wanting more range, the range-extending option will come with a 0.650-litre two-cylinder engine which provides generator-support for the battery. It offers a full range of 300km before either more fuel is needed or more electricity.

In other areas, the funky five-door features futuristic panel lines, a two-spoke steering wheel inside, LED lighting, an iDrive control with LCD interfaces, and lots of two-tone highlights with black trimmings.

The production version can be distinguished via the panel doors which replace the transparent-style units showcased on the concept car. There’s also a new front bumper bar with integrated fog lights, and revised headlights.

BMW will officially unveil the all-new model on July 29.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.