For years now, customers have been asking car manufactures to produce better environmentally-friendly alternatives than what has been on the market. This year, BMW has delivered a solution for these customers with the introduction of the new 2014 BMW i3. This is the first dedicated EV model in the BMW lineup and is certainly worth a closer look. It includes many of the features that car buyers have been looking for and is certainly designed to impress. It may even draw the attention of those who have never considered purchasing a hybrid model before.
At first glance, the new 2014 BMW i3 may not scream BMW, but it is clear to see that this car manufacturer is serious about providing its customer with a new and improved hybrid solution that will make a huge impact on the environment. Its stylish aerodynamic exterior design, with a split front grille and angled LED headlights and taillights, is made primarily from carbon fiber and aluminum, with a little steel where necessary. This works to create a four-passenger coupe that weighs just 2,900 pounds.
This lightweight structure helps to give the car some great speed as it can move from zero to 60 miles per hour in just under 7 second, with a top speed of 93 miles per hour. Not bad for an electric model. Best of all, the high-voltage, lithium-ion battery can be fully charged and ready to go in just three hours using a 220-volt plug. The two-cylinder gas engine provides a horsepower of 170 with 184 lb/ft of torque.The battery provides between 70 and 110 miles of life at which points the car transition in to gas powered and provides another 300 miles.
The interior is a bit more spacious than many of its competitors, which is mainly due to the absence of the center console that typically takes up extra space. Instead, BMW has included a floating 8.8 touchscreen iDrive system, with a compartment under it for extra storage. The car comes standard with cloth seats, but can be upgraded to all-leather seats upon request. The dashboard and door panel are topped with plant fibers that may seem a bit odd at first, but definitely fits in with their go-green theme.
As with all BMW, the new 2014 BMW i3 comes with plenty of special features that its customers have come to depend on, such as their customized BMW iNavigation system and Roadside Assistance, cruise control, hands-free calling and Bluetooth compatibility, USB ports and remote trunk release. The car seats four passengers rather comfortably, although the back seat may seem a little cramped for taller people. The rear split-seats can quickly be folded down to provide additional cargo space.
If you have been waiting for a hybrid option that stands out from the crowd, the new 2014 BMW i3 is definitely worth taking a test drive. Its emission-free performance when driven locally matched with is practically silent engine make it the perfect option for anyone wanting a green-inspired vehicle. BMW has not forgotten about the safety features, as you will find numerous addition to protect the driver and passengers, including standard, front, side and head airbags for the driver and front seat passenger, rain sensing wipers, an anti-theft system, brake assist, child seat restraints, tire pressure monitoring, dusk sensing headlights, and turn signals on the mirror.
Overall, the new 2014 BMW i3 may be just the hybrid model that car buyers have been waiting for. Starting at $41,350 seems reasonable for this luxury model hybrid from a company with a reputation like BMW. If you are currently on the market for a hybrid model but do not want to sacrifice luxury for an environmentally-friendly version, this is definitely the right car for you. Give it a test drive and see if this car is right for you. For more details please visit Exotic Car Rentals in Miami, FL.