China-only BMW i3 EV with 526 KM Range Launched On The Chinese Market
The BMW i3 eDrive35L is an electric sedan launched on the Chinese market. Don’t confuse this vehicle and the 2013 BMW i3 hatchback. The BMW i3 eDrive35L sedan costs 349,900 RMB (55,000 USD) in China. It is powered by a single electric motor (rear-wheel drive) with 210 kW (286 hp) and 400 Nm of torque. With the 70.3 kWh battery, the i3 can run up to 526 km (CLTC).
The BMW i3 is made by a joint venture between BMW and Brilliance called BMW-Brilliance. This electric sedan is based on the long-wheelbase variant of the BMW 3-Series, also made by the JV. The i3 eDrive35L is 43 mm longer, 19 mm wider, and 18 mm higher than the 3-Series Li. The exact dimensions are 4872/1846/1481 mm with a wheelbase of 2966 mm. So the i3’s wheelbase is just 9 mm shorter than the standard-wheelbase BMW 5-Series and 139 mm shorter than the long-wheelbase BMW 5Li, which BMW-Brilliance also makes.
BMW i3 Pricing
The starting price of the i3 eDrive35L is 349,900 RMB (55,000 USD). But for this price, the electric sedan hasn’t got a lot of options: 360-degree surround-view cameras (8,600 RMB extra), autonomous parking system (8,600 RMB extra), full-speed adaptive cruise-control (5,900 RMB extra), driver seat’s lumbar adjustment (1,400 RMB extra), etc. So the base model BMW i3 hasn’t got much on board.