Last month, at the BMW Museum in Munich, BMW unveiled the first sketches of the 2013 BMW Megacity vehicle. Introduced by the BMW Director of Design, Adrian Von Hooydonk, the Megacity vehicle is the “next premium” automobile and sub-brand to be introduced in the BMW family.
With countless hours and money invested in research and development, the new Megacity family will take BMW into the segment of mobility and highly efficient automobiles. According to company’s official, BMW intends to become the world’s leader in premium electric vehicles.
According to Von Hooydonk, Megacity vehicle will look and drive as a premium product, and will not be a compromise between looks, performance and safety. The car looks solid, with a higher riding position that inspires safety.
BMW said that some iconic BMW design elements might be omitted in the MCV, but new ones will be introduced.
BMW Megacity is powered by a lithium-ion battery with 35 kWh of capacity placed below the vehicle’s floor. Rear-wheels approach remains in BMW’s philosophy and the power is sent to the rear wheels through a rear-mounted 150-hp electric motor. Driving range is expected to top at 100 miles and top speed at 95 mph.
Initially, the Megacity vehicles will be offered in a two-door, four-seat configuration. The car will measure around 157 inches. In the future, the MCV sub-brand will include two additional models. First one due in 2015 and dubbed ICV, short Intracity Vehicle, will be a two-door, two-seat car. In 2017, UCV – Urban Commuter Vehicle -will extend the length of the initial MCV and has four doors while hosting five people.
Based on the initial sketches, rendering artists have already begun to speculate on the exterior design. Last one to show his artwork is Andrei Avarvarii for Top Speed.