Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Sunroof and a Moonroof Option?


After examining some of the latest i3 photographs, I've noticed something unusual. It seems there may be a sunroof and a moonroof option. One, as seen in the above video below of the i3 driving on the Autobahn, shows a normal looking large sunroof that opens and slides towards the rear of the car as most sunroofs do.
Look at the roof above the front seats. It's clear there are two different openings divided by a section of roof and the glass is covered with the same material on the side window of the rear door the woman has open

However the second, as seen in these two pictures seems to be two separate glass sections divided by a stationary section of the roof. It's hard to tell, but it seems these may not open, and just be there to let light in, like a classic moonroof. The interesting thing is there are two distinct separated panels, not one large piece of glass. I suppose this would allow one passenger to close their moonroof section if the sunlight was bothering them while the other front seat occupant could leave the one on their side open. Unless of course it is one large glass panel that opens and slides back above the section of roof that divides the opening into two spaces. Perhaps they needed that section to increase the strength of the CFRP passenger module. Take a look at the pictures and let me know what you think is going on there.
It's harder to see here but you can see the divider sticking down between the two openings.
For those that don't know the difference in sunroofs and moonroofs, basically a sunroof opens and pops up and slides back to allow air in the car while a moonroof is sealed and just allows light in. Click here for a thorough explanation.

7 comments:

  1. I would be surprised if there were two different options. I think the whole glass roof opens and there are two rectangular openings over the driver and passenger seats separated by that 8"-10" support beam. Interesting design

    BT

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  2. Yes there are definitely two separate sections like the Citroen in this picture:

    http://img2.netcarshow.com/Citroen-DS5_2012_800x600_wallpaper_4c.jpg

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  3. It's called a panoramic sunroof, when you have two large glass panels where one piece is stationary and the front portion opens. BMW has them now but there not as big as the panoramic roof on the Tesla Model S.

    ,CDspeed

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    1. CDspeed: Take a close look at the picture. I know what you are talking about but this is different. It is actually like the picture the commenter Wilson postes a link to above your comment. The Citroen has two separate openings. One over the drivers seat and one over the passengers seat. It's not like the panoramic sunroofs. It's reminds me of a T-Top that doesn't have removable pieces because of the bar down the center of the car.

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    2. Your right it reminds me of a T-top aswell, back in the 80's my father had a Datsun Z with a T-top. I'm not sure what we're looking at in the i3 but with all the info we're finally getting I know the i3 is going to be revolutionary and extremely cool.

      ,CDspeed

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  4. It's a spoiler moving glasspanel with the mechanism located at the center area (instead of at the side). In the headlining are 2 openings : 1 above the driver and 1 above the passenger.

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  5. I really like sunroofs in vehicles. I want the next car I buy to have one. They make you feel like you have a lot more room. I think it's also nice for the passengers to be able to look up and see the stars at night.
    Bill | http://www.tmcustomauto.com/en/sunroofs_windshields_and_auto_glass.html

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