BMW i3S electric hatch showed at Auto Expo 2018

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BMW India is going all out with a lengthy product portfolio at Auto Expo 2018. And the one car which is hard to overlook even in the crowd is the BMW i3s. The small EV displayed at the event is already on sale in the American and European markets and is even being inducted in the police forces for regular patrolling duties in Dubai, Czech Republic, Ireland and Germany. But there is no official word on when it’s arriving in India. The BMW i3s flaunts a sleek black kidney grille on its innovative face that has a flurry of LED elements, be it the LED turn indicators or the U-shaped LED headlights. What stands out is the side profile which gets 20-inch light alloy wheels and a glass B-pillar. Some quirky bits at the back, such as the large diffuser shaped bumper and the glass surrounded LED taillights, round off the design well.

As far as the interiors are worried, i3s is packaged well. It comes with a sporty contoured steering wheel, 5.7-inch TFT colour instrument cluster, a hi-def 10.25-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and iDrive associated Drive. The seats and the trims are shaped out of recycled plastic and plant-based fibres and reaffirm the eco-friendly nature of the hatch. In terms of safety, the i3s is packed with dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control, reversing camera, parking assistant and an Active cruise control. BMW sells the i3s in the UK for £36,975 (Rs.33.10 lakh) and it contests against the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt and the Hyundai Ioniq, all of which are not available in India.

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