iseebirdsfly wrote:I was ordering i3 Rex recently and I was asking if I should wait till June for MY 2017 for more range. I was assured by dealer that there won't be range increase this year and that it is scheduled for the next year instead (~2017 June together with face lift). It looks like its some kind of different wiring/controller and I was also told that I will be able to retrofit this "range increase" for the price of ~1400 eur (which makes me think it cannot be different battery). He also told that the range increase will be ~20Km.
Dealer told that he emailed my question to BMW and got this information directly from it. According to the dealer there won't be any technical changes this year.
I cannot tell how accurate all this is but I decided to order i3 Rex without waiting for June.
Congrats on the new i3Rex! I am jealous!
I too have been shopping i3 Rex and inquired at the dealer (Toronto). They had no information whatsoever on the 2017. In fact, the only models that they are currently pushing are the 2015's and they have plenty in stock. I think in Ontario, there is an overstock on 2015's as BMW have yet to apply to have the 2016 model rebate qualification from the provincial government. Without that rebate, I cannot see anyone buy a 2016 MY i3.
Anyways, I took the 2015 demo model for an extended test drive (3 days) and loved it. It is true when they say once you drive an electric car you do not want to go back. I confirmed the cars range worked for my commute (90km each direction, 2 days a week) and was so close to purchase. BMW were offering $4500 off MSRP (Suite with Tech pkg), winter wheel and tire pkg (~2K) and the current rebate in Ontario is $13K. But.....after all the reading I have been doing I held off. It seems clear that there is a new 2017 (2016.5??) model starting production in July. I decided that I would at least wait to hear more on the new model, what's changed and make my decision later. I figure at worst case, I will still get a good deal on a 2015 or 16 MY if the 2017 is not what is expected or BMW do something crazy and increase the price substantially.
I will tell you though, after I dropped off the demo model, my impulsive side was screaming in my head. That was quite difficult to decide to walk away and wait.
Bottom line though, I found the BMW dealer to be of no use when it came to the 2017 model. They are either completely in the dark or really good at hiding it. Either way, I will be getting the car and hopefully all the information will be released soon so I can make the final decision.