The BMW i3 (shown here in limited Shadow Sport Edition),.

The BMW i3 (shown here in limited Shadow Sport Edition),.

BMW i3

BMW i3

The significantly improved 2017 BMW i3 will enter production starting this July.

Changes for 2017 include the addition of some new (undisclosed) colors and slight exterior tweaks. So, basically just a slight makeover, but in the battery department there will be a significant upgrade, as we previously predicted.

Sources are confirming that the Model Year 2017 i3 will get a range bump from today's 200 km NEDC rating to 290 km NEDC. For reference, the 30 kWh Nissan LEAF is rated 250 km on the NEDC test cycle (107 miles EPA).

Doing some simple math reveals that the 2017 i3 BEV should get rated at approximately 120 to 125 miles on the EPA test cycle, which is a vast improvement over the 2016 i3's rating of 81 miles.

With production starting in July, first 2017 i3s could be available before the end of Summer.

We're still waiting for pricing and other information on the 2017 i3.