Driving can some times be quite the chore that we wish our cars can drive all by themselves, especially during gridlock traffic. While that is already happening in some parts of the world, BMW wants to kick things up a notch by pairing that type of technology with relaxation.
The result of that conundrum is this; the BMW i3 Urban Suite Concept. Set to make its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020, it shows the future of electric mobility while also pairing it with the relaxing feel of a boutique hotel. BMW’s goal was to create ‘an inviting space with a high feel-good factor in which to spend time - the perfect place for relaxing, enjoying in-car entertainment, or focusing on work in a laid-back setting’.
This was made possible after BMW highly modified a standard i3. Gone is the standard rear bench as that has been replaced by a large comfortable seat complete with a footrest. It is also accompanied by a side table, a table lamp, a screen that flips down from the headliner, and what BMW calls a personal ‘Sound Zone’. The only portions of the cabin that were not changed were the driver’s seat and the dashboard itself.
Besides making a comfortable ‘hotel room’ inside the i3, BMW also made sure that they used sustainable and eco-friendly materials. Both the fabrics and floor mats used inside are made from recycled materials with certified wood and olive-tanned leather covering the seats and trim pieces.
The new i3 concept will be shown in the metal at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 7 - January 10. Besides debuting it for the public to see, BMW will also have a fleet of BMW i3 Urban Suite Concepts rolling around Las Vegas in order to demonstrate its sustainable and luxury feel.