BMW i3 and BMW i8 in the city



To help us think beyond the horizon, we first had to rethink the very concept of the car. This opened up new opportunities, and given that, in a car, each piece of the puzzle depends on all the others, electric driving took on entirely new forms. While the BMW i3 is immediately recognisable as a genuine BMW, a closer look at its exterior, illustrates how its design is transforming our image of mobility.

Progressive and at the same time eminently sustainable, the design of the BMW i3 has won numerous awards. The international accolades include such prestigious honours as the iF gold product design award, the World Green Car award and the World Car Design of the Year award.


Head of Design Benoît Jacob and his team created a vehicle that is geared to sustainable electric mobility throughout. With the LifeDrive module, a completely new vehicle architecture was developed. At the same time the car’s unique character emerges most clearly in the interior: innovative and sustainable materials such as carbon and wood are not just used, but carefully highlighted. So the BMW i3 creates new values that are not only visible but tactile as well.


BMW i3, side on


Electric mobility is a win-win situation − when it is designed systematically from the ground up. Locating the compact electric motor at the rear creates space at the front for the wheels to turn further in, making the car easier to park and more manoeuvrable. Large yet narrow tyres and the aerodynamic wheel rims help reduce rolling resistance, enhancing the overall performance of the BMW i3.

BMW i3, doors open

Carbon construction.

The use of carbon has cleared the way for a more open passenger cell. The carbon construction enables the central B-pillar to be integrated into the doors. So when the opposing doors swing open they allow unrestricted access to the interior. And thanks to the slightly raised seating position and the way the windows merge into one another, you also enjoy greater all-round visibility.

BMW i3 Adaptive LED Headlights

LED Headlights.

Providing perfect visibility at night is the job of the U-shaped LED headlights. These were specially designed for the BMW i3 and lend the front of the car its characteristic looks.

BMW i3, aerial view

Black Belt.

One particularly distinctive feature of the BMW i3 is the Black Belt that runs from the bonnet across the roof to the rear. This underlines the car’s innovative LifeDrive architecture and gives the passenger cell an even lighter look.

BMW i3


Electric motors also need cooling, but as the cooling requirements are less than those of an internal combustion engine, the characteristic BMW kidney grille features a closed design. This brings out the leading-edge character of the BMW i3, particularly when finished with a splash of colour.

BMW i3 Interior Design


There is no centre tunnel between the driver and the front-seat passenger. There is also no B-pillar between the opposing doors.

Inside the BMW i3 you can experience sustainability at first hand, because a large proportion of the materials used here are sourced from renewable and recycled raw materials. At the same time they underscore the sophistication and spaciousness of the interior, giving rise to an elegant, loft-like atmosphere and taking the overall sustainability to the next level.


BMW i3 interior, ATELIER version


The standard equipment version ATELIER offers an authentic, high-quality material experience. Genuine and comprehensible material contrasts support the lively impression of this interior world. The material combination 'Neutronic' Aragaz Grey accentuates the modernity of the interior.

BMW i3 interior, LOFT equipment version


The LOFT equipment version imparts the impression of stylish equilibrium and balance. From the naturally futuristic sphere of KENAF, light materials create a pleasant, calm interior atmosphere. Specifically positioned BMW i blue accents accentuate its appearance. The bright instrument panel with BMW i grain structure combines with the bright leather steering wheel to create modern design accents.

BMW i3 interior, LODGE version


LODGE combines novel high quality with a natural look. In combination with the wool/natural leather combination ‘Solaric’ Cassia, bright surfaces create a friendly and open atmosphere. The accent in the leather steering wheel is satin silver. Black, limed eucalyptus wood with open pores from certified sustainable forestry management makes the wood in the interior something to be experienced in a new way.

BMW i3 interior, SUITE version


The natural leather combination of 'Stellaric' Dalbergia Brown from naturally-tanned leather, which is used on the instrument panel and seats, helps SUITE to underline its premium credentials. Black, limed eucalyptus wood with open pores impresses as an exclusive detail. Matt galvanised accents throughout the interior round off the sophistication of this version.

BMW i3



The the BMW i3 comes with an impressive standard specification. To find out what's included, download the detailed specification below.


Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3:
Fuel consumption in l/100km (combined): 0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 0
Power consumption in kWh/100km (combined): 12.6
Power consumption and CO2 emissions for the BMW i3 with Range Extender:
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 12
Power consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 11.3
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (kombiniert): 0.6
The driving range depends on a variety of factors, especially: personal driving behaviour, selected route, weather conditions, usage of heating/cooling and preconditioning.
The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and power consumption depend on the wheel and tyre sizes selected. Figures are obtained in a standardised test cycle. They are intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not be representative of what a user achieves under usual driving conditions.
Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger cars can be obtained from the ‘The Passenger Car (Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emissions Information) Regulations’ (see