The BMW i3s had its Indian debut at Auto Expo 2018 in February and was spied on the road just last month. In the latest, Facebook page Elite Car Club Kolkata has posted images of two units of the EV snapped in Kolkata.
BMW has said that it is evaluating the i3s for India, and the chances are that it is showing cars privately to dealers and customer to get feedback. The launch, if given the green signal, may take place only next year, as this year, the i8 Roadster is arriving.
The BMW i3s was introduced with the original model’s mid-cycle update. The s variant has a sportier styling with tweaks such as accent strips on the front apron, accent in the kidney grille, exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, black wheel arch borders and distinctive rear bumper with wider inlay. Also, it has a 40 mm wider track and sports suspension that drops the ride height by 10 mm.
The BMW i3s sports a high-performance 184 PS electric motor that develops a maximum torque of 270 Nm. A 353V 94 Ah/33 kWh Li-ion battery pack located low in the vehicle floor powers the electric motor. Charging times for 80% charge are as follows:
- ~39 minutes on 50 kW DC
- ~11 hours from domestic socket (10A/240V)
- ~7 hours 30 minutes from BMW i Wallbox (3.7 kW/16 A)
- ~3 hours 45 minutes from BMW i Wallbox (7.4 kW/32 A, single-phase)
- ~2 hours 45 minutes from BMW i Wallbox (11 kW/16 A, three-phase)
Customers can choose from two configurations: i3s and i3s with Range Extender. The latter adds a 647 cc two-cylinder petrol engine (38 PS/56 Nm) that drives the generator that produces power as required while driving to maintain a constant level of charge in the battery. The Range Extender model offers stress-free driving on highways as there’s little to worry about the situation in which the battery runs out of charge.
The i3s and i3s with Range Extender’s pure electric range as per WLTP test cycle are 235-245 km and 185-195 km respectively. According to BMW range measurements in everyday driving (urban), their total driving range is up to 200 km and up to 330 km* respectively. At Auto Expo 2018, only the i3s was on display.
The BMW i3s, if launched, will arrive as a CBU import from (Leipzig) Germany. It could cost well over INR 70 lakh (ex-showroom) here, making it another niche BMW model.
*Includes the 150 km additional range provided by the power produced by the generator using the combustion engine.
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