BMW Malaysia launched the new BMW i3s at the Malaysia Autoshow 2019 making it their first pure electric vehicle or Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV). The BMW i3s is also Malaysia’s first pure electric vehicle in the premium segment and a strong testament of BMW Malaysia commitment in shaping the Future of Mobility in Malaysia. With the introduction of the BMW i3s, it strongly contributes to the National Automotive Policy 2014 that aims to make Malaysia a regional energy-efficient vehicle (EEV) hub by 2022.
The S in the BMW i3s stands for Sport and yes, it is the sport version of the regular i3. The i3s not only has several design clues, but overall its a quicker car all round when compared to its sibling. For instance the i3s has 135kW (184hp) and 270nm torque, all send to the rear wheels. It can accelerate from standstill to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 160km/h. Those are numbers are certainly impressive, especially when the CO₂ emissions are 0g/km. The driver can also select SPORT mode using the Driving Experience Control switch to initiate more direct accelerator response and tighter steering characteristics.
To power the vehicle, the i3s has a lithium-ion high-voltage battery located low in the vehicle floor. The battery has a capacity 120 Ah and it gives the i3s 260km of range in a full charge. The i3s can be charged up for an electric range of 180km in less than three hours when using the BMW i Wallbox which facilitates lightning speed charging at home. The BMW i Wallbox is equipped with WiFi access therefore it can be operated seamlessly via smartphone, smartwatch, PC or tablet.
Besides the i3s outstanding driving dynamics and supreme handling agility, the car also spots some visual tweaks to make it look wider, lower and aggressive. The BMW i3s has a bold front and rear bumper with high-gloss black accent for its closed kidney grille. Full LED headlights comes as standard as well as new turn signals. The high-gloss black accent also continue along the A-pillar and roof line providing a sleeker outlook. An exclusive 20-inch BMW I light alloy wheels double spoke style 431 with staggered rim and tire sizes were seen on the car. The BMW i3s comes with specially developed springs and dampers as well as anti-roll bars which contributes to a lower ride height of 10mm. Besides that the track is 40mm wider for a sportier driving. The BMW i3s enhanced driving ability is credited to the optimised Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Traction Control systems, as well as Cornering Brake Control and Dynamic Brake Control and the Antilock Braking System with Brake Assist for a safer drive no matter the traffic condition.
The basis of the BMW i3s is the BMW i LifeDrive architecture which meant the body is made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) while the Drive module is entirely made out of aluminium. Inside of the i3s is furnished with BMW i Interior Design Suite which features a sophisticated instrument panel and exquisite upholstery in Dark Truffle Leather Vernasca with Carum Spice Grey headliner and a premium leather steering wheel. The BMW i3s features two screen which is the 10.25-inch control display, which has the updated version of iDrive operating system and BMW Navigation System Professional while the other screen is the 5.7-inch TFT instrument display.
The BMW i3s comes well equipped in the safety department with the Driving Assistant Plus package which includes rear-view camera, Park Distance Control for both front and rear, active cruise control with Stop & Go function, Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function and Traffic Jam Assistant. The owners will also have access to BMW ConnectedDrive and its attached services, including Intelligent Emergency Call, Concierge Services and Remote Services.
The BMW i3s has an estimated retail price OTR without insurance of RM279,000 and it is available with Balloon Financing Plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia. The BMW i3s can now be pre-ordered from the authorised BMW i dealership, Auto Bavaria Kuala Lumpur. The colour option available include non-metallic shades : Fluid Black and Capparis White while metallic shade is Mineral Grey with highlight in BMW i Blue.