Citing sources close to BMW, German magazine Automobilwoche says the model will take the shape of a four-seater featuring a body made from carbon fiber reinforced plastics which will allow the vehicle to weigh less than 1,200 kg. The body of the car will be designed in such a way as to enable a very low drag coefficient to cut down fuel consumption as much as possible.
Speaking of fuel, the mysterious frugal BMW is believed to do a whopping 250 km/l which would make it even more economical than the Volkswagen XL1. Details about what will power the new Bavarian model are scarce at the moment but the report specifies it could adopt a range-extending hardware setup by using a two-cylinder gasoline engine working as a generator and teamed up with an electric motor.
Needless to say, don’t expect stellar performances as this configuration is being developed specifically to enable very low fuel consumption and minimal CO2 emissions while top speed is believed to stand at a minimum of 180 kmph which actually isn’t bad at all given the technical specs.
Chances are this will likely remain a concept as launching a production version would not be suitable due to what would be an exorbitant price tag. However, it should be mentioned that Volkswagen actually built the aforementioned XL1, albeit only 200 units were ever made at a starting price of no less than €110,000 (7.9 million INR) and it wasn’t as frugal as this rumored BMW as the XL1 did 111 km/l.
If the report is valid, most likely the thrifty concept is being developed by the same team who was in charge of BMW’s i3 and i8 models. As a matter of fact, the i3 REx has a similar setup as it uses a range-extending two-cylinder gasoline engine working together with an electric motor to achieve a maximum range of 300 km or up to 160 km solely on electric power.
Note: BMW i3 concept design sketch pictured