BMW has unveiled a new luxury version of the company's i3 Concept as part of the opening celebrations for the manufacturer's first i Store in London. Designers lathered the cabin in premium wood, leather and natural fibers, all with an eye toward sustainability. The wood trim is carved from Eucalyptus trees harvested in Europe, and the leather is tanned using a special olive tree extract instead of harsh chemicals.

The cabin is outfitted with bench seats front and rear, which allows for easy ingress and egress in tight city parking situations. The driver, meanwhile, is treated to three displays for vehicle information, climate control and entertainment options. BMW says the design does away with the need for a center console.

Power still comes from a 170 horsepower electric motor with 170 pound-feet of torque, which is good enough to scoot the concept to 62 mph in under eight seconds, thanks in part to a single-speed transmission. Top speed sits at 93 mph. The concept relies on lithium-ion batteries, which can be charged in around six hours via a standard socket, though a quick charger can reduce that time to around an hour. Expect a range between 80 or 100 miles depending on usage.


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      sstowes
      • 2 Years Ago
      First, I should disclose I'm a big advocate for alternative solution vehicles. But despite that, I'm somehow underwhelmed by this vehicle's numbers. Maybe this car is larger than it appears in the photos? Because for a clean sheet vehicle, the numbers seem a bit...average for all the technology present here.
        JB Kolod
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sstowes
        No it's a very small car, but it is very heavy from the batteries and also geared for efficiency and not performance. A 0-60 mph time could be much lower, probably around 6, if the gearing was lower but the range would be seriously affected. BMW settled more towards efficiency for the i3 but performance for the i8 obviously.
          Tom Moloughney
          • 2 Years Ago
          @JB Kolod
          It is a small car, but it's still 6" longer than a MINI Cooper and only weighs about 80 pounds more. Considering the battery and it's thermal management system weighs about 500 lbs that's pretty good.
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      170 hp in car this size might just hurt someone lol
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Joseph Davis
        • 2 Years Ago
        +1 BMW needs to take notes from Lemans 2012 Audi 1st with diesel hybrid. I would rather have 3series with diesel hybrid then i3. Also we need 320d in USA market not 335d with auto tranny booooooo.
      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally(!) . . . two BMWs that actually look 'new' and not like a re-hash of every car they've marketed over the past twenty years. And it's about time!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Joseph Davis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not feeling the i3 i8 anymore styling too big of a step forward thing the styling should be more conservative. Lets see how the i3 sells before we open a store.
        Aaronk214
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joseph Davis
        From a kid's perspective, this is the future. It may be a bit overwhelming for some people, and yes it's a big leap, but I hope it sets a standard for cars. Amazing design with amazing efficiency. As far I'm concerned, what a way to kick off the century!
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sick-on-wheels.