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BMW i3 120Ah here in February from $68,700

BMW Australia has confirmed availability and details for the updated i3 120Ah line-up, scheduled to touch down locally early next year. As before, both standard 'i3' and 'i3s' variants will be offered, with the former kicking off at $68,700 before on-road costs, and the latter priced from $69,900 plus ORCs...

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BMW's i brand is where risks are taken

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BMW iNext concept leaked

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2018 BMW i8 Roadster, Coupe pricing and specs

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BMW iX3 teased ahead of Beijing debut

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BMW to significantly increase electric spending

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BMW: Volume EV production not viable until 2020

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BMW i4 confirmed for production

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BMW planning unique electric motors and batteries; working on emotionally appealing sound for EVs

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BMW: Fully-autonomous driving technology not yet available

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BMW i5: New video hints at upcoming EV

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2018 BMW i3s brings more power, bigger boots to EV range

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