Just yesterday BMW stated that they want to expand the i model range and look what we found, folks. Sets of spyshots of the prototype of BMW i3. At first, we thought it was just a rumor, but the spyshots revealed that the German carmaker is in serious business of bringing compact and eco-friendly electric city. Although covered in heavy camouflage sheet, the i3 prototype can mingle with other vehicles and definitely developed to be city car.
Once again, BMW took the advantage of the cold weather by deploying the i3 electric vehicle for winter test drive. It is not like we are hoping too much, but judging by the camouflage sheet, we predict that the introductory for this new i3 could be at Paris Auto Show because Geneva Motor Show is way too close unless BMW already planned to unveil this electric vehicle at the Sweden auto event.
The BMW i3 could be assembled on the Leipzig facility and constructed from an aluminum chassis and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the passenger cell. In term of engine and performance, the i3 electric vehicle might be powered by electric motors that offer 130 horsepower. NO official performance figures, but the i3 is expected reaches 0 to 62 mph in 8 seconds with top speed of 150 km/h or 93 mph. autoevolution.com reported that the new i3 and i8 will be ready for launching around 2013.