Here are 5 Ways To Take The BMW i3 to The Next Level
The BMW i3 electric vehicle is already a game-changer in the automotive world. From the way it’s produced — in BMW’s most sustainable auto plant, with over 25 percent renewable and recycled materials — to its spaciousness and performance. The BMW i3 is raising the bar for future vehicle design. This model comes standard with a number of luxury touches you can’t get anywhere else, but with the optional packages, you can take your BMW i3 to the next level.
BMW refers to its packages as “worlds,” embracing a new way to bundle upgrades and options. The base trim level is called Deka World, and includes dark cloth upholstery manufactured from recycled materials. Additionally, several tech features are also included, such as a universal garage door opener, navigation with real-time traffic information, dynamic cruise control, automatic climate control, and keyless access and starting.
Upgrading to Mega World for $1,400 switches the upholstery to light-colored cloth interior seats, and includes a leather-trimmed steering wheel. It also features 19-inch light alloy turbine wheels for a sporty look, with all-season tires. A smoker’s package (an ashtray) is also included. LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights are installed in this package as well.
The Giga World trim level costs an extra $1,800 and includes every feature of Mega World along with several interior features such as light eucalyptus wood trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with eye-catching contrasting-color stitching. Olive leaf tanned leather trim on the seats — the leather is tanned and protected using natural olive leaf extract. It also offers an option to upgrade to 20-inch light alloy double spoke wheels. A sunroof is included, along with XM Satellite Radio.
For an extra $2,600, the Tera World package gives you luxury brown leather seats and dark oak wood trim, as well as, 20” light alloy double spoke wheel. This package also includes heavy-duty floor mats, helping you protect your investment from dirty feet and spills.
Technology Package + Driving Assistant
As an addition to any of the “worlds,” BMW offers a Technology Package and Driving Assistant designed to make parking easier. It includes Park Distance Control and a rear view camera. It also brings you a larger navigation screen and adaptive cruise control that senses the distance of the car in front of you and makes adjustments.
Electric cars have come a long way — and the BMW i3 goes a long way too. It has a range of 114 miles on a full charge. However, with the optional Range extender, you gain up to an additional 180 miles. The Range extender is a gas-powered two-cylinder engine that maintains the battery at 5 percent level, enough to get you to the nearest charging station easily.
All trim levels offer BMW ConnectedDrive, a personal mobility assistant that connects to your smartphone or smartwatch, integrates with apps, and even allows you to control your car from your phone — lock and unlock it, activate climate control in advance so it’s warm in winter or cool in summer right when you get in. This feature also helps you locate your car in a huge parking lot, and a smartphone app informs you of your car’s remaining battery life.
BMW’s optional packages make it easy for you to put together the perfect vehicle, depending on your personal tastes and priorities. Schedule a test drive soon and see what “world” you belong on.