2011 Geneva Preview: BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Revealed

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept

Last month BMW released a short little video teaser of what it called the ConnectedDrive Concept vehicle. The teaser basically showed us nothing but a tail light flickering… it was quite a lame teaser. Well, today BMW has officially taken the wraps off of what it calls the BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept, which it will debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show on March 1.

“The BMW Vision ConnectedDrive study demonstrates current and future methods of mobile networking in a particularly focused way,” BMW said in a statement. “The design and technology of this spectacular roadster are aimed at making the vehicle an integral part of a networked world. Comfort, safety and the infotainment experience in the vehicle can be precisely optimised by the innovative functionality, individually tailored to suit the requirements of both the driver and passenger.”

The coupe version of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is scheduled to go into limited production in 2013 with prices starting around $250,000 a unit.

Refresher: Power for the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics prototype comes from a 1.5L 3-cylinder turbo diesel engine mated to a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle. Jointly the system will produce an output of 328-hp. 0-60 mph comes in just 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Fuel-economy is estimated at 63 mpg and the concept can provide 31 miles of zero-emissions driving. The production version of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics will go on sale in 2013.

BMW Vision ConnectedDrive Concept:

– By: Omar Rana