The biggest change in the 2017 i3 is its larger battery capacity.

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Thanks to larger energy density, the battery grows from 22 kWh to 33 kWh without a corresponding weight penalty.

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The 2017 i3's range should be about 114 miles, up from about 80 in the outgoing i3.

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That new battery should take 4.5 hours for a full charge on Level 2 charger.

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If you pick up the range extender, the gas tank is now 25 percent larger, storing 2.4 gallons of gasoline to recharge the battery.

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Output remains 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

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Standard equipment grows to include the Deka World package, which consists of a unique interior motif, universal garage door opener, real-time traffic information and keyless entry.

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The i3 can now be optioned in protonic blue, the same color that first appeared on the i8 sports car.

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BMW has not yet said when the 2017 i3 will go on sale.

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Pricing is also absent, but I'd expect it to cost a little bit more than the $43,000-ish 2016 model.

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