The upcoming 2013 BMW i3, the Bavarians' all-new rear-wheel-drive EV hatchback, was out in Chicago recently, evidently for a promotional video. The car was fully undisguised, rolling silently down Chicago's Wacker Drive.

The i3 will be the first model of the new BMW i brand when it arrives in 2012, and will be powered by a 170-horsepower, all-electric motor mounted over the rear axle. Juice comes from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, also mounted beneath the floor.

The drive set up gives the car a flat floor, meaning there's more than enough room in the small package for passengers and cargo. There are bench seats front and rear, which each accommodate four people. There's also room for just over seven cubic feet of cargo. Click past the jump to see the i3 in motion.



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      artandcolour2010
      • 3 Years Ago
      "There are bench seats front and rear, which each accommodate four people." huh? Eight people? I don't think any car since the postwar Davis Divan sat 4 people across on the front bench seat, or "divan." Does AB mean bucket seats front and rear that accommodate four people in total?
      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if that thing will be any fun to drive?
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Well, a front-wheel driver with electric motors and a battery pack from a company famous for gas and diesel, rear-wheel drivers with really good manual gearboxes? My guess would be a no.
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      The i8 looks gorgeous... this i3 doesn't seem to have gotten the proportions quite right on the front fascia, although the results are not disastrous. I am concerned that the bench seating in front may take away from the cockpit feel that was championed by BMWs of yore. Here's my questions: how the bloody hell do you open the windows?
      Dvanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      For a moment i thought it was pshopped.
      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it's RWD, then it might be cool. I don't care for the transparent doors. Looks silly.
      Telly Davis
      • 3 Years Ago
      NICE CAR FOR THE TREE HUGGERS BUT WILL IT STAND UP THOSE COLD CHICAGO WINTERS ?
      AntBee
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait to see one of these in person! And I'm not usually a proponent of hybrid/EV technology.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      It certainly looks different. I can't wait to see if it drives like a BMW should.
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @throwback
        A front wheel drive, e-powered lug carrying around a ton of batteries? It won't. It just won't. Just get a 3-series diesel. Rear wheel drive, internal combustion and you still get to be sensible to the environment and economical.
      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does it look like that for real? Jeepers cripes a mighty, that's ugly.
        tump
        • 3 Years Ago
        @hevace
        Well it's not like one of those ugly-ass Chevy sedans.
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glass doors make it difficult to hide my boner.
      mithrasgr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why are all the cameras on a Ford, shouldn't it be with another BMW? Just saying.
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mithrasgr
        It's a more appropriate vehicle for the task than anything BMW makes.
        Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mithrasgr
        Well, partially because BMW most likely contracted a filming company to do this form them and partially because it's easier and cheaper for the film crew to mount all their equipment onto an F-350 than to figure out how to get it all onto an X5.
          wrxfrk16
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike
          And then promptly get the X5 stuck on some wet grass...
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