New ‘megacity’ hatchback available to order in July, price tag of around £35,000

Order books for the production version of the new BMW i3 ‘megacity’ vehicle will open at the very end of July, according to a BMW source.

It’s rumoured that the all-electric version will cost in the region of £35,000, while the range extender model will command a premium and be priced at around £38,000.

Due to arrive in showrooms at the tail end of October, the new i3 will be offered with an all-electric or range extender powetrain. 

This means that BMW’s innovative new car will command a substantially higher price tag than alternatives like the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe or Chevrolet Volt.

The hybrid i8 sports car, the second model in BMW’s new i range, is set to arrive in 2014 and will cost approximately £100,000.

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17 April 2013

Radical tech. Radical looks. Cant wait to see this in metal.

18 April 2013

fadyady wrote:

Radical tech. Radical looks. Cant wait to see this in metal.

Radical price

 

 

 

19 April 2013

Leslie Brook wrote:

fadyady wrote:

Radical tech. Radical looks. Cant wait to see this in metal.

Radical price

As a buyer I would prefer all cars to be cheaper.

Vauxhall wants a fiver under 35 grand for its Ampera

Toyota more than 33 grand for Prius Plug-in

Nissan a tenner under 31 grand for its Leaf

Need I here mention VW's half a car with half an engine on motorcycle tyres whose price has been quoted between 50 and 100 grand?

18 April 2013

There are some obvious questions here. Will batteries be included, does this price estimate include the £5000 government subsidy and will this be for a rhd UK model or one sold in mainland Europe? And when will the car actually go on sale, there's a big difference between the company taking orders and an actual on sale date.   

However these questions are answered, it's hard to see BMW making money on the car given the massive development cost, low volumes and exotic construction methods.  Presumably the company is taking a long view, calculating that this investment will pay big dividends in the future when the technology becomes established.

At least the range extender model looks like being a practical usable and very interesting vehicle if a somewhat expensive one! 

18 April 2013

Not a comment on how much the car is, just that the range extender version is only £3k more. Bit of a no brainer really. I can only presume it carries a smaller battery set to achieve this.

As for the "Radical" price....well...Could this actually be the first  "eco"car to make any sense, actually be practical to use as a car replacement and not a supplement. Lets hope so someone needs to get it right.

18 April 2013

audiolab wrote:

...Could this actually be the first  "eco"car to make any sense, actually be practical to use as a car replacement and not a supplement. Lets hope so someone needs to get it right.

The first practical MAINSTREAM Range Extender  would be the Ampera approx. £10,000 less, although some people will always say BMW are the first and best at everything.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

18 April 2013

Are BMW going to convince punters to pay this for the ultimate driving machine mantra?,how long or will the price come down in the future?.If i'm buying a BMW i'm buying it for how it drives,not for saving the planet.

 

Peter Cavellini.

18 April 2013

Why you assuming that it will be poorer to drive than any other BMW? 170bhp, rear wheel drive, skinny tyres, good weight distribution, ample torque, instant response etc.etc.  Sounds like it might be excellent to me.

18 April 2013

Really? ... This is the PRODUCTION-ready version of the i3?? ... I think not ... I would be amazed if it was - especially for a 'mere' £35K ...

18 April 2013

Considering the recent article on this site re turbodiesel engine vs power station efficiency, it seems the likes of the i3 are nothing more than a marketing-led, headline-grabbing, overpriced con, which uses 'ancient' and inefficient battery tech.

But I do hope that, in time, I'm proved wrong. 

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