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      12-25-2012, 05:05 PM   #1
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The BMW i3 prototype has now dropped some camouflage and we've spied it testing in Munich.

This particular prototype is the range-extended hybrid model (as indicated by the sticker affixed to the prototype) instead of the pure electric model. No official specs have been released on the hybrid i3 model, but we've seen speculation ranging from a 0.6 liter 2-cylinder gasoline engine to a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder gasoline engine serving as a range extender motor in charging the batteries for extra mileage.

Like the pure-electric i3, the hybrid i3 should be powered by a 134 horsepower electric motor running on lithium-ion batteries and driving the rear wheels. BMW is aiming to achieve a 160 km (100 mi) range.

Pricing for the i3 has been speculated to start in the 35000-40000 euros range.

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These photos give us the best look yet at the production interior which looks very similar to the close-to-production interior that was recently revealed on the BMW i3 Coupe Concept.

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      12-26-2012, 11:05 AM   #2
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I hope they use the larger 3 cylinder engine as the I3's extender. Good to see it coming along.
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      12-27-2012, 09:05 AM   #3
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What's that big thing by the stearing wheel?
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      12-27-2012, 09:12 AM   #4
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That's the gear shifter.

You can see a head up display in the first interior shot.
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      12-27-2012, 09:15 AM   #5
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Not feeling it, looks like a design school project.
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Why does the interior has to look like it came from outer space?
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BMW have tapped into this by mirroring typical BMW dynamics and steering communication within the new UKL cars.
You mean massive body roll, a steering system that is not connected to the front wheels, and the engine note played through the speaker system?!?!?!?!
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      12-27-2012, 10:07 AM   #7
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That's the gear shifter.

You can see a head up display in the first interior shot.

I was wondering if that was the HUD... So interested to see this completed!
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Haha I saw this in Munich last week but wasent able to get a picture of it
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wow that thing is ugly
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      12-27-2012, 11:31 AM   #11
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While I see the value in hybrid vehicles, there's no way it's going to sell (well) at that price. Also, why do these hybrid cars have to look like some sort of space craft? Why can't they keep the same general body style as the rest of the lines?
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i like it
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      12-27-2012, 11:52 AM   #13
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Why does BMW insist on the iPad-jammed-into-dashboard look? Surely there is a better compromise to ensure visibility while looking good. If I wanted that I would've done it with an actual iPad I can take with me...
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Oh God! That thing is ugly! :-/
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Why does BMW insist on the iPad-jammed-into-dashboard look? Surely there is a better compromise to ensure visibility while looking good. If I wanted that I would've done it with an actual iPad I can take with me...
+1 the screens in newer cars need to be well integrated into the design. Even the new Tesla Model X has a massive screen just slapped on the dash. No aesthetic skill.
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I wouldn't pay 3500-4000 euros for this hideous thing let alone 35000-40000.

What a joke...BMW, back to the drawing board.

And as another member said, why the need to be different looking and so much uglier, WTF?!
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      12-27-2012, 12:44 PM   #17
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This thing looks too ugly to be a bmw i think
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      12-27-2012, 01:06 PM   #18
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That's what i'm saying

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While I see the value in hybrid vehicles, there's no way it's going to sell (well) at that price. Also, why do these hybrid cars have to look like some sort of space craft? Why can't they keep the same general body style as the rest of the lines?
Why can't they just turn the 135 or 3 series into hybrids. Why do they have to build ugly cars for hybrids. Hybrids are never going to sell as good as they need to if car companies keep making them ugly.
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looks like a civic hit a bmw roundel at light speed.
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This is will be one of those eco-status symbols.

Be real...it is ugly and will be over priced for many.
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they made a mini van without calling it a mini van.. sooo ugly.
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I still don't understand why someone would pay an upward of $50,000 to save appx. $1,500 a year on gas or so. Also you're giving up the entire driving experience, looks, and your manhood
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