We’ve already seen the new BMW i3 in official images and a video, but a tech blogger from the People’s Republic spent more quality time with the EV. Finished in Ore White, the i3 Sedan has the optional 19-inch wheels replacing the standard 18-inch set. It keeps the regular-sized grille of the non-M3 models, but with a closed-off configuration since there’s no combustion engine in need of cooling. The grille has a blue contour and is adorned by an “i” on the driver’s side kidney. In addition, the six BMW roundels have blue accents, and so does the rear skirt.
Although not necessarily noticeable, the eDrive35L sits 44 mm (1.73 inches) lower than a gasoline- or diesel-fueled 3 Series. The i3 Sedan is the first 3er ever with air suspension, albeit it’s only at the rear axle. Another change we’ll see on the global 3 Series is the switch to the iDrive 8 shared with the i4. The latter’s bulky gear lever has made way for a simplified switch in the same vein as the iX’s. It sits next to the familiar blue start/stop button and the dial to control the latest-gen infotainment.
As a refresher, the BMW i3 is based on the locally produced long-wheelbase configuration, hence the letter “L” at the end of the car’s name. The i3 Sedan is not the only China-built electric BMW as the iX3 is also produced there. However, the difference between the two is that the RWD-only crossover is available in export markets.
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