2019 BMW I3 Specs, Release Dates, Prices

BMW announces the next chapter in the i3 story of electromobility; the new 2019 BMW i3 and i3s with 120 Ah batteries. Since its launch in 2014, the battery capacity and range of the i3 has grown from the original 60Ah / 81 miles to 94Ah / 115 miles in 2017 and now 120Ah for 2019. With the high voltage battery cell capacity increased to 120 ampere hours (Ah) and a gross energy content of 42.2 kilowatt hours (kWh), the new generation of high-voltage batteries enables the BMW i3 120 Ah and the BMW i3s 120Ah to achieve a range of up to 153 miles, nearly a 30% improvement from the 94 Ah model and almost double its original range. The 2019 i3 REX model range is expected to be similarly improved.

The 2019 BMW i3 is a visionary electric vehicle and an inspirational design that has helped to make BMW i so popular through its innovative mobility solutions with sustainability as a key defining element. The BMW i brand has established itself as a pioneer for forward-thinking mobility by offering such products while also adopting an all-embracing approach that takes into account the complete lifecycle, from raw material production, through the manufacture and operation of the vehicles to their later recycling.
Complementing the introduction of the new battery, a new exterior color, a new color for the optional Mega World upholstery and full LED headlights with cornering lights and automatic high beams, are also available for the 2019 BMW i3. iDrive 6.0, previously available only with the optional Navigation Professional, is now featured on the standard navigation system. Additionally, a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless charging tray for your personal mobile devices is available for the first time. The WiFi hotspot accommodates up to 10 devices and comes free with a 3 month or 3 GB trial offer.

POWERTRAIN

The BMW eDrive technology enables drivers to enjoy emission-free mobility with instantaneous power delivery, efficient use of energy and an optimized range for everyday practicality that even extends beyond the demands of purely urban travel.

Like the electric motors, the high-voltage batteries are an integral part of the BMW eDrive technology used in BMW i automobiles and developed in-house the BMW Group. Based on research and development work conducted in close cooperation with the manufacturer of the individual battery cells, constant improvements to the battery packs’ power output, vehicle range, safety and durability have been achieved. Installed low in the floor of the vehicle, the new high-voltage battery consists of eight modules, each with twelve storage cells: the latest cell capacity of 120Ah along with a gross energy content of 42.2kWh. The exterior dimensions of the battery pack remain unchanged. When launched in 2014, the i3’s battery pack provided 60 Ah and 22.6kWh, while the second-generation battery introduced for 2017 offered a capacity of 94Ah and 33kWh.

The 2019 BMW i3, powered by a 170 hp electric motor, accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, while the BMW i3s with 181 hp completes the standard sprint in 6.8 seconds. The two models set the benchmark for sporty performance within their vehicle segment.

With its battery capacity increased to 42.2kWh, the latest version of the BMW i3 follows the brand’s holistic concept; a responsible use of resources including not only locally emissions-free power but also material selection, production techniques and available mobility services. The BMW i3 120Ah and the BMW i3s 120Ah have a much more favorable CO2 footprint across the entire vehicle lifecycle – from raw material extraction and manufacture through to use and recycling – and this makes for significantly lower global warming potential than is the case with comparable, conventionally powered automobiles.

DESIGN & INTERIOR

The interior styling of the new 2019 BMW i3 is rooted in the LifeDrive vehicle architecture. The carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell has a wonderfully spacious feel about it and is dominated by a sense of lightness. The design principle of the two four-seater models means there is no need for either fixed B-pillars or a transmission tunnel. Doors that open in opposite directions allow the occupants to get in and out with the greatest of ease.

New for 2019 exterior color choices is Jucaro Beige Metallic w/ Frozen Grey accents which replaces the outgoing Protonic Blue Metallic w/Frozen Grey accent.

Interior trim changes include Mega World now offering Electronic Brown Trim and Mega Carum Spice Grey SensaTec with Brown Cloth highlights. Tera World now includes higher quality Tera Dark Truffle Vernasca Leather. The 2019 BMW i3 apply the concept of sustainability throughout, as other materials used are recycled plastics, renewable raw materials, natural fibers and open-pored, unbleached eucalyptus wood. Over 80 percent of the surfaces visible to the passengers are made from recycled materials or renewable resources. The available seat belts in BMW i Blue for the BMW i3s provide a splash of color in the interior.

TRIM LEVELS & PRICING

The 2019 BMW i3 is a four-door, four passengers hatchback electric-car available in i3 or i3s trim. You can also get them equipped with a gasoline-powered Range Extender. All BMW i3 is backed by a 42-kWh battery that provides up to 153 miles of range for the battery version or up to 200 miles for the Range Extender model.

Standard equipment for the i3 models include an electric motor (170 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque), 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, Level 3 DC fast-charging capability, upholstery cloth (Deka World), keyless entry, automatic headlights, front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay (subscription-based), satellite radio, and BMW’s basic Business navigation system with a modest 6.5-inch display screen.

The sportier i3s get an electric motor that produce 181 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. Its ride height also sits 0.4 inch lower, and the fenders, 20-inch wheels and performance tires are wider.
The only difference between the all-electric and the Range Extender versions is the range-extending 0.6-liter two-cylinder gasoline generator. Since the Range Extender is heavier, these models don’t travel quite as far when operating on electricity alone, maxing out at an estimated 127 miles. A 2.3-gallon fuel tank enables a combined range of 200 miles for both Range Extender versions of i3 and i3s models.

All 2019 BMW i3 can be equipped with the Technology + Driving Assistant package, which adds advanced navigation with a widescreen display, all-speed adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with emergency braking. There are three main upholstery packages — Mega World, Giga World and Tera World — that add combinations of leather and wool or full-leather upholstery plus different wheels and interior trim. Other options include parking sensors, 20-inch wheels, a wireless charging pad, a premium Harman Kardon audio system and a sunroof.

The 2019 BMW i3 has Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at $44,450, before the $995 destination charge. The i3s is priced from $48,645, while the range extender version costs an extra $3,850. Just like its competitor, the i3 is eligible for incentives and federal tax credits.

Models

i3

i3 REX

i3s

i3s REX

Seats

5

5

5

5

Number of Doors

5

5

5

5

Drive type

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Length (in.)

158.3

158.3

158.1

158.1

Width (in.)

69.9

69.9

70.5

70.5

Height (in.)

62.9

62.9

62.6

62.6

Width including mirrors (in.)

80.3

80.3

80.3

80.3

Wheelbase (in.)

101.2

101.2

101.2

101.2

Ground clearance (in.)

5.5

5.5

5.2

5.2

Cargo volume (ft.)

15.1 – 36.9

15.1 - 36.9

15.1 – 36.9

15.1 – 36.9

Fuel Tank capacity (gal)

--

2.3

--

2.3

Curb weight (lbs.)

2,965

3,269

3,034

3,302

Gross vehicle weight (lbs.)

3,907

3,960

3,907

3,960

Payload (lbs.)

814

627

814

627

Electrical Machine motor type

Traction

Engine Type

IB1

Engine configuration

synchro

Peak Power

170 hp

170 hp

181 hp

181 hp

Maximum torque

184 lb-ft.

184 lb-ft.

199 lb-ft.

199 lb-ft.

Gasoline generator type

--

W20

--

W20

Cylinders

--

2

--

2

Valves per cylinder

--

4

--

4

Stroke

--

79

--

79

Bore

--

66

--

66

Displacement

--

647 cm³

--

647 cm³

Compression rate

--

10.6 :1

--

10.6 :1

Engine power

--

38 hp @ 5,000 rpm

--

38 hp @ 5,000 rpm

Engine torque

--

41 lb-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

--

41 lb-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

Fuel type

--

Gasoline

--

Gasoline

Recommended Fuel

--

Regular

--

Regular

Engine oil capacity

--

2.7 quarts

--

2.7 quarts

Transmission type

Auto

Auto

Auto

Auto

Battery capacity (low voltage)

20 Ah

20 Ah

20 Ah

20 Ah

System voltage (low voltage)

12V

12V

12V

12V

Battery capacity (high voltage)

120 Ah

120 Ah

120 Ah

120 Ah

System voltage (high voltage)

352V

352V

352V

352V

Battery type, high voltage

Li-Ion

Gross battery content

42.2 kWh

42.2 kWh

42.2 kWh

42.2 kWh

Net battery content

37.9 kWh

37.9 kWh

37.9 kWh

37.9 kWh

Charging time Level2 (80%)

4.9 hour

Charging time Level2 (100%)

6.5 hour

Charging time DC (0-80%)

0.7 hour

Charging time DC (0-100%)

1.4 hour

0-60 mph

7.2 sec

8.0 sec

6.8 sec

7.6 sec

Top speed

93 mph

93 mph

99 mph

99 mph

Electric range, up to

153 miles

153 miles

153 miles

153 miles

Range extender range

--

200 miles

--

200 miles

 

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