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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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      MTN RANGER
      • 6 Months Ago
      Ughh, 80-100 MPC is not luxury. Please skip the fancy interior junk and put the money towards a bigger battery. On the other hand, nothing is official regarding MPC yet from BMW. At least I hope they will still have an extended range ICE as an option.
        Chris M
        • 6 Months Ago
        @MTN RANGER
        The i8 will be the BMW extended range PHEV version - roomier, and at a higher price, of course.
      jsco
      • 6 Months Ago
      ugh. iSore.
      Dave
      • 6 Months Ago
      "Designers lathered the cabin in premium wood, leather and natural fibers, all with an eye toward sustainability." ....and the door skins are made from (easily renewable) baby seal fur.
      JP
      • 6 Months Ago
      How about a redesign of the entire body? Ixnay on the see through doors.
        skierpage
        • 6 Months Ago
        @JP
        BMW has already shown a revised i8 concept without the see-through lower doors, so I assume the i3 will evolve too. (Though if it's really going to enter production in late 2013 there's not much time.) I think it's a good design that highlights the way the carbon fiber passenger cell "Life Module" sits on the mechanicals in the "Drive Module."