Cars in India | Autoportal.com

Grab Exciting Deals on New Cars! Hurry, Limited Period Offer!

BMW could be working on ultra-frugal model

BMW could be working on ultra-frugal model

Snapshot: A new report indicates BMW is developing a very economical and lightweight vehicle.

- Comments    |    Write Comment

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

Source: Automobilwoche

Related car news

  • Weekly News Wrap-up - 21st May – 26th May, 2018 26-05-2018 Davender Soni Weekly News Wrap-up - 21st May – 26th May, 2018
  • Toyota and Suzuki Agree to Take Partnership Ahead 25-05-2018 Mainak Toyota and Suzuki Agree to Take Partnership Ahead
  • 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport & Range Rover Evoque Launched 25-05-2018 Mayank Gupta 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport & Range Rover Evoque Launche...
  • Honda Jazz Electric Coming Soon 25-05-2018 Mainak Honda Jazz Electric Coming Soon
  • Current offers of Maruti, Hyundai, Nissan and Datsun Cars – May 2018 26-05-2018 Davender Soni Current offers of Maruti, Hyundai, Nissan and Datsun Cars –...
  • Audi India Announce Discounts Upto Rs. 10 Lakhs 25-05-2018 Mayank Gupta Audi India Announce Discounts Upto Rs. 10 Lakhs
Helpline