In the current issue of German magazine Auto Bild, there are new information around the future BMW Megacity vehicle. With the launch of its Megacity Vehicle in 2013, the BMW will be bringing its first series-production electric-drive model to market.
The Megacity Vehicle will be a zero-emission urban car for the world’s metropolitan regions. It is currently being developed as part of Project i and will be available from 2013 under a sub-brand of BMW. When it comes to the choice of materials, the company is broaching entirely new territory. BMW believes that it has developed a radical, lower-cost, mass-market-compatible means of producing carbon fiber monocoque bodywork that will dramatically reduce the Megacity’s potential weight, improving not only its range but acceleration too. The driving range is said to be around 160 miles.
Today, Auto Bild brings out some new information around the vehicle. One of the variants to launch will be a two-door with four seats. The car measures approximately four meter long. The hybrid model with three-cylinder internal combustion engine weighs 950 kilograms and has a fuel consumption of 3 liters per 100km, or 78.5 MPG. The internal combustion engine comes into play only under heavy acceleration and at high speeds, therefore, extending the fuel efficiency.
BMW Megacity Rendering by Auto Picture
The Megacity is rumored to start at 19,000 euros.
Another variant of the Megacity vehicle is a two-door four seater all electric car. With a similar low weight, the electric Megacity comes with a driving range of 150-200 kilometers and will cost around 30,000 euros.
In addition to the aforementioned variants, according to Auto Bild, a two-door two-seater variant is coming as well. The car will play in the same league as the Smart ForTwo and Toyota IQ.
The largest model in the Megacity line-up will be a four-door with five seats vehicle which is suitable for families with children.
Initially, BMW plans to build 150,000 vehicles per year, under the 200,000 units produced in the MINI and 1 Series families.[Source: Auto Bild via BimmerToday ]