The concept for the BMW Mega City Vehicle is the iSetta?

Rumors | April 5th, 2010 by 14
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That’s the latest rumor from the same old inside source Scott27. In his latest update for the BMW community, he/she confirms some of our previous …

That’s the latest rumor from the same old inside source Scott27. In his latest update for the BMW community, he/she confirms some of our previous statements and in a way, they align with what other insiders have told us.

Without much editing, let’s see what’s next in the BMW world.

The i-Setta Easter egg special.

Since the announcement of Norbert Reithofer’s revelation that the BMW brand will go front wheel drive the interweb has gone off on an agenda portraying that BMW will abandon it’s philosophy of Sporty driving rear wheel drive cars.

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Rendering by AutoExpress

Whilst the fury has been spread across the globe , the outcome allays to one specific product. Future cars, such as the 1 Series right through the 7 Series will remain rear wheel drive. The small BMW city car will be the only front wheel drive BMW and contrary to the Internet rumour mill, the car will not be branded as the “0” series. As the new city car will fall under the sub-branding being developed for our Megacity vehicle.

To understand the direction for the BMW City Car look away from the Audi A1 as that focus will be specifically for MINI. The BMW template begins at where BMW has traded in before ideas for a new compact concept in the city car segment.

When the proposal was announced , a meeting was set up in a hanger within Munich Airport in which designers , engineers and marketing all became familiar with BMW’s previous compact history, from the Dixi , isetta and 2002, right through concepts, such as E1 and Z13, and today’s MINI and its 2000 first MINI. This was to put everyone involved in the mind set for the Mega City and City BMW Vehicles.

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Rendering by AutoExpress

The concept for the BMW Mega City Vehicle is the i-Setta and the concept for the City Vehicle is a template using the idea of the Z13. (our recent article on BMW Z13)

The key to understand how these two projects will work out will be the synergy with the BMW Motorrad Division. Components and technology will be shared within the two which will allow BMW offer an unique interpretation of the front wheel drive concept.

The city car is unique in i’s own way because it will offer sufficient powertrain options; it won’t overlap with MINI as BMW know how to distinguish the two brands without colliding their characters.

What will the city car be called?

It will not be named as the “0” series.

The sub-brand models will be distinguished in a way as the “X” and “Z” series, introduce with a new letter, followed by the powertrain size, say 1300cc, and as an hypothetical suggestion “F” (not the actual name) – F 13. Our note: This comes to confirms some of the latest BMW trademark registration fillings for “i” and “E” Series.

Now as always, we advice you take these news with a grain of salt, maybe less than before. Some of these assumptions have been mentioned by us before, but there are still some fine details that we’re trying to find out more about.

14 responses to “The concept for the BMW Mega City Vehicle is the iSetta?”

  1. okeribok says:

    Since it’s front wheel drive, it’s backwards, therefor it is a WMB, pronounced: Wee Em Bubblehew

  2. Bryce says:

    That blue Isetta rendering looks great… I really hope they don’t make any of the 1 through 7 series vehicles FWD.

  3. kcsnayud says:

    REMEMBER THE 1 SERIES HYDROGEN CONCEPT FRONT DRIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAH I THINK BMW HAS GONE CRAZEEEEEEE AND NOW I HEARD THAT BIMMER IS GONNA DONWSIZE ITS M DIVISION SO IT WONT BE 600HP BUT RATHER 2HP FOR THE M5 WHAT THE HECK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • wazon8 says:

      I really cannot get one thing: why are people so obsessed about HP output in M5 F10? It’s enough to notice few things to know that BMW needn’t to break 600HP border at all:
      1. What’s the point of M-cars in general? Are they dedicated to drag racer? I don’t think so. It’s rather that M3 e46 CSL and now M3 e92 GTS express the essence of M-cars philosophy – they don’t have to be the fastest when considering straight line acceleration, their point is rather to rule on a track when compared with their rivals. One can complaint that ruling at tracks it’s not enough, because – say – MB C63AMG achieve 100km/h faster than M3 e92 (btw, this example is rather expection). But this only means that BMW M-cars are not for her.
      2. Another important question is which car maker do good nowadays? Is it MB with their new E63AMG? And what deos keep a huge capacity of engine give to their cars? Let’s see: 0-60 in 4.6 sec. looks really poor, since X5M (with this horrible downsized engine :D) deos it in 4.5 sec (4.2 sec with rollout), despite being around 350 kg heavier (sic!), 1/4 miles in 12.7 is hard to be impressive since M5 e60 and X5M do in 12.8 sec., average slalom speed shows that MB’s point was to defeat outgoing M5 e60 rather than competite with upcoming f10 – 68.8 mph against 68.9 of M5 e60. One thing is clear – M5 f10 will have amazing performance and I would like to hear more from people who complain that 578HP is not enough. Why? Everything suggest otherwise – it’s indeed enough: take X5M performance add few Nm and HP and take off some weight. Are you still not satisfied?
      3. Downsizing is good idea in general since it let keep overall weight down and as we’ve seen loss of performance is rather not plausible.

      FWD in 1-er is indeed horror, but it doesn’t mean that each car will take this path and that even 1-er will be FWD. It’s rather unlikely to apply FWD for 35i engine. FWD MINI-like BMW is wrong idea IMO, since I believe that BMW would earn more by providing the only VW Polo size car with RWD on a market.

      • Otto says:

        Bear in mind that RWD means also less leg room for the 5th passenger and smaller boot. Polo-like buyers are not willing to sacrifice those and the MINI remains the sportier car in its segment.

        • wazon8 says:

          I disagree. People who believe that can take 5 passangers into Polo-size car for more than 30 min. are deluding themselfs and each passanger can eventually survive 30min with poor leg room. Whether it has RWD or not, cars of this size will stay uncomfortable for people who are at back seat. I doubt that poor leg room for 5th passanger will have any significance for polo-like buyers, since I believe they rarely take 5 passangers on a board. But surely for some enthusiasts RWD in such small car will be great thing to have.

  4. bob says:

    Recall that the Isetta came from an Italian refridgerator…built under license by BMW AG.

    For a modern interpretation, make that a modern German interpretation of the Isetta, consider the Loremo.

    However, that doesn’t seem to be the direction BMW is going…

  5. BMfan says:

    Can’t they put a kidney grill look on it if it doesn’t have radiator?
    It doesn’t look like a BMW or WMB.

    • wazon8 says:

      It does look like XXI century’s i-Setta, which was BMW.

    • txdesign says:

      Does the MIni have a kidney grill? Does the Smart have a three-pointed star? No, because it’s a sub-brand and BMW does not want to dilute the major brand image.

  6. jkp says:

    Doesn’t look bad, but I wonder if there’s a risk of cannibalizing Mini sales with this?

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