The German automaker, which will put the vehicle on sale late next year, is reportedly basing the BMW i3 Coupe Concept on the BMW i3, BMW’s first electric city car. The BMW i3 Coupe Concept will send power to the rear wheels via a one-speed transmission, have a maximum output of 170 horsepower and 184 ft-lbs of torque, and the interiors will be made from sustainably sourced materials.
The i3 can also run an optional two-cylinder range-extender engine which is used as an alternator to charge the battery. However, it isn’t featured on the concept car in Los Angeles. Such a setup will be offered on the i3 hatchback as a high-cost option, providing it with a theoretical range of more than 218 miles, according to BMW.
BMW is using the concept to showcase a number of new Internet-based functions for buyers of the i-brand car, under the ConnectedDrive banner. They include a navigation system that is claimed to provide accurate assessment of range based on real time traffic information. An eRemote smartphone application developed for both Apple and Android operating systems allows you to keep tabs on the state of the battery charge remotely, including during periods of plug-in charging.