Set for UK delivery early next year, the updated i3 receives a number of subtle styling updates that help to visually differentiate it from its four-year-old predecessor.
Included is re-profiled front bumper housing new slim line fog lamps in place of the round units used today, altered LED headlight graphics, revised sills underneath the doors, reworked tail-light lenses, a deeper and reshaped rear bumper, new alloy wheels and a wider range of optional two-tone exterior colour schemes.
Technically, the new model remains the same as the existing i3 – itself updated in 2016 with a 94Ah lithium ion battery, available as an upgrade over the standard 60Ah unit in use since the i3 was launched in 2013.
Next to the standard 168bhp version of the quirkily styled rear-wheel drive hatchback, the German car maker also plans to launch a sporting i3S iPerformance variant.
Details remain scarce, though high-level engineering sources at BMW have revealed to Autocar that it will receive an updated electric motor featuring a 20bhp boost in peak power over the standard i3, taking its total up to 188bhp.
The subtle increase in power is claimed to provide the new range-topping i3 model with added accelerative ability without any detriment to driving range, which is a claimed 300km with the 94Ah battery.
The increased performance of the i3S iPerformance is allied to a number of detailed chassis tweaks, including the adoption of a 40mm wider front track and a 10mm reduction in ride height over the standard version of the updated i3.
Autocar can also confirm that BMW has also reprogrammed the dynamic stability control system of the i3 to provide the facelifted model with added grip and traction in wet conditions.
Inside, the reworked i3 receives a new range of trims as well as an updated iDrive infotainment system featuring the latest software and interface developments – as launched on the latest BMW 5 Series and now featured in other recently facelifted BMW models.