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The refreshed 2018 BMW i3 range will bring a new look, more range and a sporty new performance model, according to a new report out of Europe.

Britain’s Autocar claims the updated electric car will make its debut at next year’s Frankfurt motor show in September, headlined by a new ‘i3S’ electric hot hatch which will become the new flagship.

According to the article, the i3S will get an uprated version of the standard i3’s 125kW/250Nm synchronous electric motor.

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With the more powerful unit, Autocar says the hot i3 will improve on the current car’s 7.3-second 0-100km/h time, to the point where it would rival conventional hot hatches like the Ford Fiesta ST – though the price points will obviously be worlds apart.

In terms of styling tweaks, the updated i3 range is expected to sport a refreshed look inside and out, though not markedly different from the car currently on sale.

The new i3 will likely feature new bumpers, revised headlights and an updated infotainment system. However, the overall look should be fairly similar to today’s car.

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With the forecast debut of the facelifted electric car almost a year way, stay tuned to CarAdvice for more updates in the lead-up to the 2017 Frankfurt motor show.

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