While BMW was parading around its high-concept i3 Coupe at the LA Auto Show this year, the engineers and test drivers have been hard at work honing the real deal on the mean streets of, well, someplace European.

This is the same basic tester that we've seen in previous sets of spied images, though showing a bit more skin than in past outings. BMW has removed some of the obfuscating fake body panels from the i3, giving us a clearer view of the small car's taught and rather complex surfacing. Further, we've got a much better idea of what the production car's "face" will look like now, as the headlights have been somewhat less completely taped over, showing us the swept shape of the lenses.

The vehicle seen here is reportedly the range-extended Hybrid, rather than the pure EV. This car supposedly has a 600cc two-cylinder engine to sooth driver's minds on long trips, and improve on the electric car's presumed 100-mile range.


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      JB Kolod
      • 2 Years Ago
      Disappointed they are using actual lamps for the headlights, the led ones the concept used were pretty cool.
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      I predict these i-cars will be a flop like no other.
        David Shaw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        But at lest the Bimmer owners will overpay for that duckling, and that's OK to me
      autoblogfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where can I buy some of that camo vinyl wrap? I'll put some on my Accord and confuse a lot of people.
      Turbo Froggy
      • 2 Years Ago
      But the big question is; will it come with the turn signals disabled at the factory and the spedo adjusted to 20MPH too slow like all other BMWs? I can only guess that all other BMWs are that way based on how they are typically driven...
      poppopeyes
      • 2 Years Ago
      why not just buy a scion xd? looks just like it.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring on the i3M! /s
      e46mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is getting harder and harder to like BMW...
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's like the auto companies want electric vehicles to fail.
      American Refugee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks or no, the hybrid version of this is the first BMW I can remember that I would actually consider making a payment for. It would be the perfect car for how I live.
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! In older days, there was no way to describe a the aesthetic appeal of a BMW in the same vein of something that lacked innovation. Times have changed. Where once, the Germans commanded designs that everyone else in the industry lagged behind, now we see BMW chasing bad Japanese designs to get a piece of the hybrid market. Meanwhile, companies like Fiat and Nissan are moving beyond that to create completely electric vehicles that do not require any gasoline whatsoever. Is the world really that strange or is BMW rapidly becoming a company that is leaving its glories in the past???
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        [blocked]
        MTN RANGER
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        The i3 and i5 are BEVs (result of mini EV and ActiveE test programs). They offer the backup generator as an option.
      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well if producing Eco turds like this allow BMW to keep making cars like the M135i, M3/4 and M5/6 for us to own as 2nd vehicles, then I am all for it. :)
      brotherkenny4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice PT cruiser.
        adika3z
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        HHR and PT cruiser cars are so ugly designs and lousy vehicles, see HHR car got the motor fire on the video in youtube dote come
        adika3z
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        PR cruiser car is a ugly and not good design vehicle
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