By: IOL Motoring Staff
BMW has already enlightened the world with the technical details of its advanced new i3, but until now we haven't been able to see the car in full production guise.
These leaked official pictures show that it retains the two-tone external colour scheme and basic (upright) shape of the i3 concept car, but loses its transparent doors and the eagle-eyed will notice many minor changes to the front and rear bumpers and lights.
Of course, it's not going to go down as one of BMW's prettiest styling efforts, but there is a lot of innovation going on beneath the surface.
Designed from the ground up as a premium electric vehicle, it's built around BMW's 'LifeDrive' architecture, which entails the use of a lightweight carbon-fibre bodyshell to offset the extra weight imposed by the mid-floor-mounted lithium-ion batteries that power the electric motor that nestles just in front of the rear axle.