BMW i3 Concept Coupe surfaces

BMW has revealed images and details of the i3 Concept Coupe ahead of its début at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Sitting on a set of 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, the Coupe is essentially a low-slung three-door version of the company’s i3 Concept, which is finished in Solar Orange metallic with a contrasting gloss black hood, roof and tailgate. Visual changes include a restyled front fascia with Frozen Grey kidney grille and enlarged lower air intake, revised side skirts and a rear bumper with diffuser section. Slightly wider than its four-door counterpart, it measures 3,964 millimetres in length, 1,768 mm in width and stands 1,555 mm tall, meaning its dimensions are virtually identical to those of the MINI Paceman. The wheelbase remains unchanged at 2,570 mm.

Moving inside, the cabin features four separate seats and is upholstered in a mixture of sustainable materials such as leather, wool and eucalyptus wood panelling alongside the brushed aluminium inlays. Equipment includes a steering column-mounted 6.5-inch screen instrument cluster and a second 8.8-inch in the dashboard for controlling the i ConnectedDrive services.

As with the i3 Concept, the Coupe uses lithium-ion storage cells beneath the floor to feed its electric motor, which sends 125 kW (168 hp) and 250 Nm of torque to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. The use of CFRP for the bodyshell helps to achieve a weight of 1,250 kg and a sub-eight second 0-100 km/h time. A choice of three driving modes can be selected: COMFORT, ECO PRO and ECO PRO+, allowing the driver to decide if they want to deprive themselves of luxuries – such as heating and music – to increase range by up to 20 percent. A distance of 160 kilometres (100 miles) is possible, with a high-speed charge taking just one hour to provide 80 percent power.

[Source: BMW]

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