Sunday, July 7, 2013

LED Headlights Won't be Standard


Want LED headlights on your i3? It looks like you'll have to pay for them. Close up images of recent i3's caught driving around on public streets confirm there are two different headlights used; one being typical Halogen and the other LED. Combine that with the recent (patent?) drawings posted online by autoevolution.com and it's clear the car will have two headlight options. 

The Halogen headlights that will likely be standard
The more expensive and energy efficient LED headlights that appear to be optional
 I'm not sure what this means for the taillights which look to be blade-lit LED's in all the spy photos I've examined. Perhaps only the LED headlights will be optional and the rest of the lighting will always be LED. I think many would have assumed the i3 would be all LED in all trim levels because of the emphasis BMW has put on efficiency. Using heat pumps, uniquely tall and skinny tires, CFRP and aluminum to reduce weight, etc it would seem like a shame to then have normal halogen headlights lighting the way. If this is the case, I'm sure it's a result of BMW trying to get the base MSRP as low as possible. Will that mean the stylish wheels we've seen recently will be optional also, as well an "EV necessities" like navigation with charging station locator? We don't have long to go now and the "Vorfreude" is certainly building. I'm looking forward to getting all this information finally out in the open so we can really get down to discussing what we like and what we don't. What do you think of the headlight topic? Post your comments below.
Both i3 concept cars(the original 5 door & the more recent coupe') had LED headlights

5 comments:

  1. There's probably less of a performance hit with regular headlights than with the other inefficient technologies you mentioned, especially if you calculate out the gross amount of power wasted. It just doesn't save much.

    I just hope that they keep the LED headlights as a fully separated-out option, not bundled with other things (like a sunroof) in some sort of premium package. I really want a sunroof, don't really care much about LED headlights.

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    1. I'm like you Chris. I would prefer a stripped down base car and let me add only the options I want. The OEM's don't like that though, everything seems bundled these days :(

      However I meet a lot of people that think otherwise. A lot of people have told me things like "It better have Nav standard" and "Premium brand cars should be loaded out of the box"

      The reason I'm a little surprised about this is because everything I've personally heard about it was that it was all LED

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  2. Interesting. I could swear I read somewhere that someone at BMW said it would be all LED. Now I have to hit up google and try to find it

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    1. I've heard that also Anon. BMW has said that.

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  3. Groundbreaking, revolutionary, etc. Basic 20th century lamps? fail.

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