2014 BMW i3 Finally Priced in U.S: $42,275 Pre-Incentives

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With just a week to go before the production version of BMW's i3 electric car is revealed, the German automaker has announced pricing for the car.

The 2014 BMW i3 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $41,350, before BMW's $925 destination fee--for a starting price of $42,275.

That's also the car's true price before any Federal tax credits or local incentives--BMW has wisely chosen not to use deceptive "net pricing"--so eligible buyers may be able to get their i3 a lower effective total cost.

The $42,000 price tag pretty much matches our own prediction of $42,000-$46,000 for the i3, which BMW had previously said would match that of a well-equipped 3-Series.

What hasn't been announced is how much the extended-range i3 'ReX' will go for. The i3 will be available with the option of a 650cc, 34-horsepower motorcycle-derived twin-cylinder gasoline engine to extend the i3's estimated 80-100 mile range to nearer 180 miles. Pricing for this model will likely be announced closer to the model's launch.

The ReX will otherwise share its 170-horsepower, 184 lb-ft electric drivetrain and 22 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with the regular i3.

Performance will be sprightly, BMW claiming a benchmark 0-60 mph figure of "around 7 seconds", reaching 35 mph in just 3.5 seconds from rest--enough to surprise plenty of traffic at the lights, we'd wager.

Eco modes will help i3 drivers extend their range, while the company promises strong regenerative braking allowing "one-pedal" driving at lower speeds.

BMW recently released information about theĀ  2014 BMW i3's specifications as well as some details of its connectivity and infotainment features as well.

"The BMW i3 heralds the dawn of a new era for individual mobility and for the BMW Group. True to a genuine BMW, the BMW i3 has strong emotional appeal, outstanding product substance and a guarantee of sheer driving pleasure," said BMW's sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson.

"With this leading-edge vehicle and attractive price, we will provide customers with a compelling offer for electromobility."

The BMW i3 makes its worldwide debut in New York, London and Beijing on Monday 29, and arrives in showrooms in the second quarter 2014.

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