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The range-extending engine is "the BMW's pièce de résistance, and the one thing it has over every other city-focused EV."
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While early examples of the 2014 BMW i3 reached dealerships during May 2014, they have been limited to a few specific models and trim packages. One omission that provoked much grumbling among eager i3 buyers was the complete omission of a sunroof from any U.S. trim levels, at least for the 2014 model year. A full range of specifications and options packages for the 2014 BMW i3 will become available by the end of the year, but for now BMW is filling initial orders and dealers are unlikely to have more than a few cars on hand--and those in limited numbers--until the backlog is cleared and higher volumes of more varied cars arrive at U.S. ports.
The base-model i3 will cost $42,275 (including a mandatory $925 delivery fee). Ordering the car with the optional range-extending two-cylinder engine will add an additional $3,850 to that price, bringing it to $46,125.
One feature likely to become standard--next year, if not this year--is a rearview camera, which is Europe is offered as part of a Safety Package that also included systems like automatic braking for crash avoidance and adaptable cruise control.
The 2014 BMW i3 is minimal but packed with technology, and it offers a wide range of electronic features suited for city uses.