Friday, September 18, 2009

BMW @ Frankfurt: 2009 Vision EfficientDynamics Concept, 2010 320d EfficientDynamics, 2010 ActiveHybrid 7, 2010 ActiveHybrid X6, 2011 X1

- 2009 BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept: This is a concept that BMW will probably never make, but it's a showcase of BMW's future. While it's made out of glass and other thin materials, the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept is set to be an extremely sporty enviromently-friendly automobile. BMW have fitted the EfficientDynamics with a plug-in hybrid system technology; so, it runs entirely electrical for a certain distance, and then the combustion engine comes in as a range-extender. The electric motor comes in the form of two battery-powered electric motors, which one is fitted to the front-axle, and the other goes to the rear-axle. The combustion-engine on the other hand, is a 1.5L turbo-diesel 3-cylinder. Total output is 356 hp and 590 lb-ft. With 0-60 mph comes in 4.8 seconds, and 155 mph top speed, the EfficientDynamics is as fast as a BMW M3, while it still offers 31 miles in electric-drive, and 63 mpg when the hybrid system continues, which is actually better than a Toyota Prius! We won't ever see a production of this beautiful M1-retro-looking EfficientDynamics, but BMW say that the technology could pass onto realistic Bimmers.

- 2010 BMW 320d EfficientDynamics: Now, this is a sort of realistic version of that Vision EfficientDynamics Concept. This 3-Series uses BMW's EfficientDynamics technology; with common-rail diesel engine, variable intake geometry, and an all-aluminium crankcase. That results of a 2.0L turbo-diesel engine that produces 163 hp with 265 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that drives power to the rear-wheels. While 0 to 60 mph comes in a somewhat respectable 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph, fuel-economy comes in at an outstanding 57 mpg. 320d EfficientDynamics will show in European dealers later this year.

- 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7: While we are not entirly impressed with the EfficientDynamics technology, the ActiveHybrid technology what got into our minds the most. BMW have decided to showcase this technology with their most luxurious 7-Series. This ActiveHybrid 7 uses a conventional hybrid-system, which contains a twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8, and two electric motors, with 3-phase nickel-metal hydride batteries, to make the 7-Series faster, yet more economical. For the ActiveHybrid 7, that makes a total output of 465 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque; allowing a 0 - 60 mph sprint in just 4.8 seconds, and 150 mph top speed. Not only is the ActiveHybrid 7 the fastest hybrid in its class, it's also one of the most economical, with combined average fuel-economy of 29 mpg. BMW claim that ActiveHybrid 7 improves about 15% - 20% on the fuel-economy and performance compared to its standard siblings. Also, the ActiveHybrid 7 is capable to go up to 37 mph on the electric-motor alone. Sales of the ActiveHybrid 7 will start end of 2009.

- 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6: BMW also fitted the same ActiveHybrid technology in their X6 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). Like the ActiveHybrid 7, the ActiveHybrid X6 uses a twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8, and the two electric motors, with 3-phase nickel-metal hydride batteries. In the ActiveHybrid X6, the total pack develops 480 hp and 575 lb-ft. 60 mph launch is finished in 5.5 seconds, and the ActiveHybrid X6 can reach 130 mph. Again, the ActiveHybrid X6 is among the fastest crossover hybrids, and very economical, with 25 mpg of combined fuel-economy rating. Dealers will be selling the ActiveHybrid X6 with its ActiveHybrid 7 sibling.

- 2011 BMW X1: Although it was a concept before, but this production BMW X1 is actually the replacement to the X3. In the design department, BMW designers have cleared-off some odd design-lines that was featured in the concept, to change this X1 to a cleaner and more settle style. Just like all BMW interiors, the X1 features stacks of leather on the seats, dashboard, and armrests. X1 also implements BMW's new iDrive 2.0. X1 will be offered in 6 engine options, vriating from a 143 hp 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel, up to a 258 hp 3.0L in-line 6-cylinder. No word on prices yet, but the X1 compact SUV will be in showrooms next year.

Lastly, BMW already unvieled their 5-Series GranTursimo for some time now, but it was available in BMW's stand anyways. Just want to make sure that everything is covered!

Source : [BMW]

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