The BMW i3 electric hatch has been discontinued but its nameplate will lead to an electric version of the 3-Series, which was released on Thursday.
The new i3 2023 model is based on an updated version of the 3-Series later this year and will be sold exclusively in China. It is actually based on the long-wheelbase body style that is available in the 3-Series China. BMW did not say whether a standard-wheelbase i3 would be made for other markets.
i3 is released in single i3 eDrive35L grade. The drive comes from a single motor on the rear axle, rated at 281 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, or enough to accelerate 0-62 mph in 6.2 seconds. The battery is a 70.3-kilowatt-hour unit.
2023 BMW i3 eDrive35L (China Spec)
The i3 is manufactured by BMW and its Chinese partner Brillian Automotive at a plant in Shenyang, northeastern China. Sales begin in May, and the launch of Auto China 2022 in Beijing in April is a strong possibility.
As electric vehicles become the dominant type of vehicle in the developed market, BMW is abandoning its earlier plans to launch a unique EV like its i3 and recently launched the 2022 iX. Instead, the automaker is adding electric powertrains to the original models. The first of these was the X3-based iX3 that BMW is selling outside the United States. We’ve got the 4-Series-based i4 as well, and the redesigned X1, 5-Series and 7-Series all have electric versions. Evolving
The BMW Group, which also includes the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, plans to offer at least 13 EVs by 2023. The automaker also aims to have 50% of its global sales electric by 2030.