According to the latest reports, this grand tourer will come with several updates for the next year, as 2018 BMW i8. The Bavarian car maker plans to do a mid-cycle update, which will bring improvement in various aspects. This plug-in hybrid came originally in 2014. It is one of the first cars of this kind from BMW. Unlike most of the hybrid cars, this one was designed primarily for excellent performances. So, it features amazing acceleration, amazing top speed and other similar sorts of things. It also comes with amazingly attractive styling. Compared to conventional models from this manufacturer, this one looks so much better and far more futuristic. For the next year, it looks like the 2018 i8 will come with some changes. This facelift will bring new things in terms of styling, but it will also include improvements in terms of powertrain and performances.
2018 BMW i8 facelift
As we already mentioned, the 2018 BMW i8 will come with a new look. This facelift will bring some improvement in terms of styling. Although the current model already looks pretty attractive, we will see some tweaks on many parts. Just like it is the case with most of the German cars, these changes won’t be so noticeable. We will see some mild changes at the front, where the new model should get things like the new bumper, slightly revisited headlights, and similar things. On the other side, the rear end will probably come without notable changes. When it comes to the interior design, we will see the same design of the cabin, but some new standard features and technologies will surely come.
2018 BMW i8 features
Just like the current model, the 2018 BMW i8 will come in a single trim. The list of standard features is quite impressive. There are 20-inch wheels, driver-adjustable suspension, front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, six-way power front seats etc. When it comes to technology features, the 2018 BMW i8 will come with an 8.8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, BMW Assist and Online, 11-speaker premium audio system, satellite radio and HD radio, smartphone integration etc. There are also two optional packages. The first one is a Giga World that includes turbine-style wheels, upgraded LED headlights and more extensive leather upholstery. The other one is Tera World which includes a unique cloth and leather upholstery.
2018 BMW i8 powertrain
Besides all these visual changes, the main thing will be an updated powertrain. According to some reports, this update will bring a massive power boost. The current model features an ultra-efficient three-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor with 7.1kWh battery pack. A total output is around 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power provides amazing performances. This car needs less than 4.5 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour. In terms of economy, this car is good for about 28 mpg, while the all-electric range is around 15 miles. With new updates, power will be increased to 420 horses. Besides more power, the company will also install a new, bigger battery pack that will provide a better all-electric range.
2018 BMW i8 roadster
According to some reports, the 2018 BMW i8 will also come in a roadster version. This model will come with several modifications. Although the design language will be the same, the new model will probably be a two-seater. This means more space, so the company should install a bigger battery that will provide a better all-electric range. In all other aspects, it should remain pretty much the same.
2018 BMW i8 release date and price
The updated 2018 BMW i8 will come next year in April, according to some reports. We don’t expect changes in price, which means that the base model will go around 144.000 dollars. At the moment, there are probably just two competitors, both from Tesla. Those are Model S and Model X.