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      12-19-2019, 07:50 AM   #1
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BMW CES Highlight: BMW i3 Urban Suite

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December 19, 2019

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 – taking place in Las Vegas on 7 – 10 January 2020 – the BMW Group will be presenting its visionary approaches to creating the mobility experience of the future.

The premium carmaker’s presence at CES 2020 can be summed up by the hashtag #ChangeYourPerspective. At its heart is the company’s firm belief in its ability to not only understand the requirements of future mobility but also find answers to them.

The BMW Group stand showcases this change in perspective, while experiences and practical demonstrations anchor it in reality for the visitors from all over the world.

A highlight of this year’s CES: the BMW i3 Urban Suite.
For seven years, the BMW i3 has played the role of iconic ambassador for electric driving pleasure, sustainability and intelligent connectivity in urban areas. These qualities have helped to make it the world’s best-selling electric car in the premium compact segment.

And now the BMW Group has brought the BMW i3 Urban Suite to this year’s CES in Las Vegas to reveal a mobility experience tailored entirely to the passenger’s individual needs.

To achieve this, a standard BMW i3 underwent a complete transformation (with only the driver’s seat and dashboard left untouched) so that its interior now has the relaxed feel of a boutique hotel. The aim was to create an inviting space with a high feel-good factor in which to spend time – the perfect place for relaxing, enjoying in-car entertainment or focusing on work in a laid-back setting.

This has been achieved by including, among other things, a large, comfortable seat with footrest, a screen that flips down from the headliner and a personal Sound Zone.

The BMW i3 Urban Suite also represents a logical step forward in the BMW Group’s commitment to sustainable mobility. The vehicle is underpinned by a holistic approach to making responsible use of resources, encompassing the powertrain with zero local emissions, the careful selection of materials and the production processes involved. Fabrics containing recycled materials therefore come together with certified wood and olive-tanned leather, while the floor mats are made from recyclable materials that can be fed back into the materials cycle, as per circular economy principles.

In preparation for the CES, a fleet of standard BMW i3 cars were converted into Urban Suites in Munich then brought to Las Vegas, where they can also be seen gracing the city’s streets. Indeed, anyone wishing to be chauffeur-driven to their desired destination can use a special app to order one of the BMW i3 Urban Suites.

The car will offer its passenger a first-hand experience of the BMW Group’s innovative and sustainable mobility concept, while clearly demonstrating that luxury travel in the future will have nothing to do with vehicle size.

The BMW i3 Urban Suite is just one of the highlights of the BMW Group stand at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. Comprehensive information on all elements of the vehicle will be available when the show opens on 7 January.

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      12-19-2019, 08:39 AM   #2
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cool concept, but really only makes sense if the car is self driving... or you have a driver.
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      12-19-2019, 08:45 AM   #3
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      12-19-2019, 08:46 AM   #4
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Reminds me of those days one takes a brief escape from the office into the car and sits in the passenger seat for a moment of tranquility...
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      12-19-2019, 09:07 AM   #5
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Pretty interesting. Sustainable Uber/Lyft or sustainable executive transport.
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Ideal for Lyft/Uber or airport transport here in Orlando. Very cool.
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sorry the desk light lol

other then that i could see it down the road as a mobile office etc..
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Don't ask me why but this reminds me of the Johnny Cab from Total Recall...
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Not a good idea for that car. I'll bet almost everyone that tries to get in the back seat nails there head on the "B-pillar" nub that hangs from the ceiling where the rear door locks into.
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      12-19-2019, 05:06 PM   #13
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Probably start seeing a lot more of these as fake taxis
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Luxury car service for sure. The lamp tho…
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Ok, the lamp is funny as hell.

However, as others have said, this would be a great Lyft/Uber/Taxi car. Especially in modern cities, this thing would be a great experience!
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As an i3 owner.. I would think it would be nearly impossible (very awkward at the minimum) to get in and out of the car given the door and door handle arrangement.
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This is kind of cool!
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      12-21-2019, 12:31 PM   #18
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Super privilege-y. Ick, save this stobby stuff for Mercedes
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Honestly this would be awesome for executive transport in many European and Asian cities. Small and easy to move around small roads.
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As an i3 owner.. I would think it would be nearly impossible (very awkward at the minimum) to get in and out of the car given the door and door handle arrangement.
I would expect this would have self-opening and closing doors on the pasanger side.

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