[Video] 2021 BMW i3S comparison with the 2018 BMW i3s

Chuck Vossler of the BMWBlog recently purchased his own 2021 BMW i3S BEV. But this is not your “typical” i3 vehicle. As specified by Vossler, it is the first fully-electric i3 in the country, and it is sporting in Galvanic Gold.

Some of you might recognize the name, and you’d be correct. It first appeared on the BMW X2 many years ago. The compact-sized, zero-emission hatchbacks now come in three eye-catching colour variations, inspired by the recent iX3 full-electric SAV: Cashmere Silver with accents in BMW i Blue, Galvanic Gold with accents in Frozen Grey metallic, and Fluid Black with accents in Frozen Grey metallic.

The all-new 2021 BMW i3S replaces the 2018 i3s in Imperial Blue Metallic coating. Aside from its new colour variations, the latest i3 showcases several tech enhancements. The 2021 i3S comes with a battery size of 120Ah, while the 2018 i3S, on the other hand, features a 94Ah battery pack.

Since the Ah isn’t a proper measure of energy, the battery pack is actually rated at 42.2kWh(kiloWatt hours). The 120Ah battery pack gives the 2021 i3S a range boost of nearly 65 km (40 miles), bringing the total range to 260 km (161 miles).

Aside from that, it also exhibits a slightly different leather, a louder pedestrian warning sound, and a difference in weight and PSI rating. Please watch the entire video to see Chuck go over all of these details.

The i3 and i3S BEV and the i3 and i3S REx are still available in the United States. In Europe, BMW discontinued the range extender option in 2019. The base price for the 2021 BMW i3 BEV is $44,450, with the sportier i3S BEV starting at $47,650. The i3 REx costs $48,300, while the i3S REx costs $51,500. For BMW electric vehicles, a $7,500 EV credit is still open.

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