BMW i3 Coupe Concept revealed ahead of L.A. debut

BMW has released the first details about the i3 coupe concept, ahead of its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Essentially a three door version of the i3 concept, the coupe features a revised exterior with a modified front fascia, restyled doors and new side skirts. There's also an updated rear end with a new tailgate and a revised bumper.

Despite the changes, the model is instantly recognizable as an i variant thanks to its distinctive "stream flow" design. This particular concept has a two-tone exterior with 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in low rolling-resistance tires. Overall, the car measures 3,964mm long, 1,768mm wide and 1,555mm tall with a wheelbase that spans 2,570mm.

The i3's cabin has also been revamped as it incorporates leather / wool seats, light eucalyptus wood trim and brushed aluminum accents. There's also a digital instrument cluster, an iDrive infotainment system and two individual rear seats.

Motivation is provided by an electric motor that develops 170 HP (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. It is powered by a lithium-ion battery which enables the model to travel up to 160 km (100 miles) on a single charge.

BMW hasn't decided if the concept will go into production, but hinted it "demonstrates the potential for conceivably extending the [i3] model range."

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Motor show Los Angeles Auto Show
Model BMW i3
Automaker BMW
Article type Concept Car
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