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The BMW i3 is a subcompact utility car (B-segment in Europe) manufactured by the German marque BMW. It was unveiled at the 2011 International Motor Show in Germany, and was launched in late 2013 as the first mass-produced zero-emission vehicle of the BMW i sub-brand.

The BMW i3 has only one generation to date, although it has undergone a re-styling. It has a single five-door configuration. It has all-electric variants (which have no distribution), while it is also sold in a version with a gasoline hybrid engine with extended range.

Since its launch, the i3 has sold more than 220,000 units worldwide, with Germany being the best-selling market, followed by the United States. Among the alternatives to this vehicle we can highlight the Chevrolet Bolt EV or the Nissan Leaf. As a general rule, other high-end car manufacturers have not entered this segment with vehicles of this type.

BMW i3. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all BMW i3 models that have been produced. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all BMW i3: Hatchback.

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

BMW i3 I – First Generation (I01) (2013)

Hatchback (I01)

Diesel Engines

There are no diesel-engined versions of the BMW i8 Coupé (I12).

Petrol / Gasoline Engines

  • IB1P25B Range Extender 170 CV (2014)

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