BMW I3 REX
With New Electric Policy, Many of the automakers have started to introduce their electric and Plug-in Hybrid vehicles in Pakistan. By Following the Policy BMW has also introduced on of its plug-in Hybrid vehicle BMW i3 REX in Pakistan. BMW i3 is a rear wheel drive hatchback that is an electric with Range extender Gasoline engine vehicle. This particular vehicle of BMW is in production since 2013 and up to the current year there hasn’t been done any major changes other than addition of sport trim and Low powered Range extender gasoline engine.
Trims & Versions:
In the international market BMW i3 is available in 2 trims and four different versions; two trim includes standard i3 and Support i3-S and both of these available with optional range extender which makes four versions of it. The Major difference between trims is that Sport version i3-S that was introduced in 2018 has the addition of lowered sport suspensions, wider wheels and tires, faster acceleration and Sport Drive mode.
Engine & Power:
Both the versions of BMW i3 are capable of giving 153 miles of range on full charge with 42.2 kwh of battery pack and when batteries reaches the 6 percent, the range extender gasoline engine of 650cc capacity starts working with the backup of 9 liters fuel tank capacity. One speed automatic transmission is paired with the engine.
In Pakistan same i3 has been introduced with 33 KWH of lithium-ion-battery pack that gives 183 km of range and it takes 12-13 hours to full charge with 240V charger while fast charger of 7.4 KW takes 4 hour and 50 minutes only and Rapid charger can charge up to 80 Percent in less than 50 minutes.
Acceleration & Driving Experience:
Top Speed of vehicle is 99 Miles per hour while sportier version of BMW i3 takes 6.6 seconds to accelerate 0-60 Miles per hour. Overall driving experience is zippy around the town and with Range extender you may feel sluggish and in hilly areas it may get even worse. As it is electric so there will be no vibration, no sounds and no buzzing until range extender gets into the work. Because of good suspensions you will not feel any bumps on the road and it will feel so much smooth and isolated from the road. Overall nice and easy to drive experience make it a fun to drive car in traffic because of its compact size and nimble steering wheel.
Exterior Design & Features:
Exterior of i3 Rex is beautiful and combination of 2 colors where black is mandatory, overall it is bulkier just like Suzuki Swift and have dimensions of 3999 mm length, 1755 mm of width and 1578 mm of height having wheel base of 2570 mm. More on exterior it has auto headlamps, halogen fog lamps and 19 inch beautiful alloy wheels as standard with 20 inch wheels as optional.
Interior Design & features:
It is a subcompact car that is best suitable for city and has really comfortable front seats but rear seat passengers can suffer because of small size. Interior is made beautiful with recycle able material while the cabin has open and airy appeal. Rear doors are small and there is no separation pillar between front and rear doors while rear doors open in opposite direction. Interior feels large open space and with panoramic moon roof it even feels more spacious inside. By folding the rear seats it gets lot of luggage area where 14 suite cases can be fit easily.
List of features Present:
- Electric Power Assist Speed sensing steering
- 4 Speakers
- Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity
- Heated front seats
- 6 way driver and passenger front seats
- Fixed rear and 3rd row windows
- Leather wrapped steering wheel
- Front and rear cup holders
- Push start button
- Remote key less entry
- Automatic air conditioner
- Cloth door trims inserts
- Integrated navigation system
- Apple car play compatibility
BMW i3 has received four start ratings from European new car assessment program but still compare to its competitors its ratings is lower because all of its competitors have 5 start rating.
List of safety features:
- 6 air bags
- ABS Brakes
- Electronic stability program
- Traction control
- Adaptive cruise control
- Good Road grip
- ISO Fix points for rear seat passengers
- Side impact beams
- Backup camera
- Air bag occupancy sensor
Why BMW i3 has no Future?!
As the batteries capacity has increased lot which helps the cars to achieve long range distance covering and this is what removes the requirement of range extender which didn’t provide enough help other than increase the weight and decreasing the overall EPA in BMW i3. In 2019 los Angeles Auto show BMW’s Manager for connected e-mobility said that automakers believes that i3 REX has no future and further he declared that lithium ion battery technology is advanced enough to leave range extenders out of electric cars moreover i3 REX has already been discontinued in Europe but at the Same time BMW announced that i3 REX will be the part of future and will soon get the battery update but there will be no other change in the car.
In United States i3 standard version with range extender cost 49,295$ while sport trim with range extender costs 52,495$. In Pakistan standard version of i3 REX priced 93 lacks PKR by Dewan motors that may decrease after the subsidy given by government.