BMW i8 hybrid coupe will soon receive its first facelift with a more powerful engine and a revised battery pack. The 2017 BMW i8 will also receive multiple exterior and interior upgrades. The updated coupe version will be joined by the much-awaited convertible variant of the car.
Major change will be made under the skin. Power source for the 2017 BMW i8 will be the same 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder engine coupled to a compact electric motor. According to BMWBlog, the power output this system will be bumped up to 372bhp from 357bhp.
For the record, BMW claims that the new i8 can achieve 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds. Though, there will be a drop with the revised engine. The current model marks 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds.
The report further suggests that the German carmaker will replace the i8’s 7.1 kWh battery pack with the bigger 10.0 kWh unit. The larger battery pack is, currently, being tested for the BMW i8 Formula E safety car. It will significantly improve the all-electric range of the car.
The 2017 BMW i8 will see subtle design changes. Inside, this coupe might receive gesture-controlled infotainment system as seen on the 7-Series. Reports suggest that the i8 facelift might also get wireless charging technology developed by Qualcomm. BMW might also use carbon fiber wheels for the car.
The new BMW i8 model will make its world debut next year at a major Auto Show. The global launch of the vehicle might happen sometime in 2018.