Facelifted 2018 BMW i3 And Sportier i3s On Sale In The UK From £34,070 [133 Images]

BMW’s updated i3 can already be ordered in several markets, the UK included, where it carries a starting price of £34,070 ($43,983).

This lands you the zero-emission version of the i3, which makes 170PS (168hp) and 250Nm (184lb-ft) of torque. It needs 7.3sec to sprint from naught to 100km/h (62mph), and it can reach 150km/h (93mph).

The more powerful BMW i3s can be had from £36,975 ($47,733) and uses an electric motor that feeds 184PS (181hp) and 270Nm (199lb-ft) of torque to the ground. The 0 to 100km/h (62mph) acceleration takes 6.9sec, while top speed stands at 159km/h (99mph).

A two-cylinder range extender (REx) petrol engine, with 38hp, is available as an option for both versions of the eco-friendly hatch, whose sole purpose is to increase their range to 225-235km (140-146 miles) NEDC and 190-200km (118-124miles) WLTP. The i3S, on the other hand, can travel for up to 220km (137 miles) on the NEDC, and 185-195km (115-121 miles) on the WLTP cycle.

Blink and you might miss the exterior changes, but these include new front bumper, and reshaped fog lamps, while the regular i3 adds some plastic cladding, which cannot be found on the i3s, as this comes with metallic trim and black accents, in addition to a set of 20-inch alloy wheels.

In the cabin, users won’t find anything new besides the latest iDrive infotainment system with Apple CarPlay compatibility, and fresh trim.

As a final touch, BMW has improved the charging cable, and when using the ‘i Wallbox’, the energy can be transferred in less than 3 hours, which is 5 times quicker than using the standard charging cable.

Both the 2018 i3 and i3s will be on display at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, starting with September 12, before being launched in global markets, two months later.

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  • TheBelltower

    Love the i3. For the premium they are charging over the Bolt and the upcoming Model 3, BMW should have substantially increased the range. Such a missed opportunity.

    • I agree. While the i3 is good fun and it’s very quick, the new Leaf is coming out and finally it’s not ugly. It looks like it will have good range and it will be much cheaper than the i3.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Still looks like a microwave oven.

  • SteersUright

    Neat little car. Too small to be truly practical for anything other than a city runabout, and too expensive to be of such singular use in any place outside of states with very heavy EV incentives.

  • gary4205

    I’ve seen one of these glorified (but far uglier) Fiat X500’s in the flesh.

    I was very embarrassed for the owner.