As BMW gets closer to introducing the production version of its plug-in i3, we keep seeing the hatchback being tested with lessening degrees of design-obscuring camouflage. Last we heard, BMW is expecting to have the i3 ready by the end of this year, and the swirly, blue camo does little to hide its basic design in these latest spy shots.

We get our first clear look at almost everything above the wavy beltline including the silver roof edges and matching mirror caps, and it can't hide the dip in the beltline behind the B-pillar – matching what we've already seen on the i3 Coupe Concept unveiled at the LA Auto Show last year. Another change we notice is the lower portion of camo removed from the front fascia allowing us to see the air opening and the black, vertical inserts leading up to the fog light bezels. Judging by the "Hybrid Test Vehicle" stickers on the side of this prototype, we can only assume that this is the optional range-extended model.


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      Z. Kesh
      • 1 Year Ago
      i3 or Volt? It's clear to me.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW continues to show they can't design good looking cars anymore.
      GasMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW is doing a slow strip tease on this thing. This is designed to milk green stories out of the press for free publicity and to cast a green aura around the company while continuing to make high performance eco-unfriendly cars.
        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GasMan
        Eco-unfriendly? lol...... everything many made is eco unfriendly, its just a fad now so prius owners can feel all high and mighty like the road hogging ******** they are.
          skierpage
          • 1 Year Ago
          @John
          Some products are clearly worse for the environment than others. Over 120,000 miles, a 50 mpg car will burn 3 tons less gasoline and emit 10 tons less CO2 than a 35mpg car, do the math.
        Zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GasMan
        And GM didn't do this with the Volt. That thing was around for almost 5 years before it hit the market. All the while GM churned out hundreds of thousands of Tahoes and Suburbans and Escalades and Silverados. Please.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      I won\'t buy a car without a range extender. Best of both world.
        Z. Kesh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Yep, I fully agree. And while the premium car manufacturers announce vehicles, GM is actually offering them (and for that matter, Toyota too).
          Carguy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Z. Kesh
          Have to disagree on the Volt - so do some 90% of the purchasers who are driving Volts. It's probably the best passenger car GM makes and maybe the most advanced American made car after the Tesla S.
          BarryH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Z. Kesh
          God awful cars, but yes they are sold. Drive a Prius or a Volt? It's painful how awful they are. Numb steering, sloppy suspensions, just atrocious vehicles.
          CarNutMike
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Z. Kesh
          You're describing a Prius perfectly, but I find it hard to believe you've driven a Volt.
      SpeedyRacer
      • 1 Year Ago
      One thing is certain. The i3 will drive better than it looks... it would be impossible to drive worse! LOL
        audisp0rta4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpeedyRacer
        Seriously! I don't understand why style and efficiency have to be mutually exclusive in most cases?! I'm glad Cadillac didn't get the memo that its ELR was supposed to be ugly, because that car is gorgeous!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @audisp0rta4
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      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      YUK !
        Ele Truk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @diffrunt
        Jeez, what's with the buck teeth? Can't wait to see what color they end up being.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those wheels look exactly like the slicing disc on my food processor.
        Z. Kesh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        Dual use.....you know, for Efficiency reasons...
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gutsy move on BMWs part, these WONT sell in North America and Europe is still a mess. Must be doing it solely for CAFE reasons, meaning these cost less to build and shill versus paying overage fines.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        If it can get in a carpool lane, it'll sell in coastal California.
        desinerd1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Street King
        naah. Bullsh*t Motor Works is just trying to catch up to Toyota.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      So whats that about an ultimate driving something or other??
        Carguy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        I probably would have agreed had I not driven an Active E or the past year. There are things that BMW can do with EV technologies that they cant if they stick to ICE technology only. The 4cyl turbo used in the current F30 328 is a fantastic engine but it will never have the initial surge that a BMW EV motor can provide. Also the EV platform allows for new designs which can often improve handling and driving dynamics (Tesla S). EV's can be a blast to drive and for many potential buyers that will be the deciding factor over any "green" reasons.
      taser it
      • 1 Year Ago
      Pontiac Aztec 2.0
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