Report: BMW i3 to bow at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

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According to Auto Motor und Sport, the i3BMW's electric urban hatchback – will take to the stage for its first time at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The i3 will be the first of BMW's "i" sub-branded vehicles to be unveiled. Next in line is the i8 supercar.

's 1 Series-based Active E will be arriving soon, with a per-month lease rate of $499 for 24 months and $2,250 due at signing. Following the release of the Active E, the i3 will hit the market sometime in 2013 with a reported sticker price of around $35,000. The rear-wheel-drive i3 is supposedly powered by a 100-kilowatt (134-horsepower) electric motor and boasts a range of up to 160 kilometers (99.4 miles). Oh yeah, the i3 is one killer snow-drifting machine.

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[Source: Auto Motor und Sport via Google Translate | Images: CarPix]

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