BMW Teases the Vision Concept with Test Mule

The BMW marketing geniuses are back at it, they have gotten our attention. Before we delve into what we have a strange feeling (we get those pretty regularly) this “Concept ” will be let us rewind to our time with the actual Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept car.

While not anticipated to be introduced as a single production model the Vision is said to showcase future drivetrain, efficiency techniques and design language that will be used in production models. This revolutionary concept is designed with the intent of being powered by 2 electric motors and a three-cylinder diesel engine to produce 356 hp and 590 lb-ft. It would rocket the car from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds while achieving almost 63 miles per gallon.

From pen to the vehicle you see pictured below in our galleries took the design team and staff of almost 30, eight months to produce in its current form. Extensive use of advanced aerodynamic techniques were used on the body and wheels to keep drag at a minimum, allowing for greater efficiency. Active aerodynamics are also utilized to improve drag and overall operating efficiency, the front grill has the ability to open or close depending on the operating temperature of the diesel motor (a technology that is currently utilized in the EU market on some models).

This 2+2 coupe uses space saving concepts to assure adequate interior comfort. This is achieved by allowing the Lithium Polymer battery packs to live within the center line of the undercarriage from the front to the rear. These batteries would also permit the car to run solely on battery power for 31 miles. In design it can be used solely as a diesel, electric only or both simultaneously.

The interior electronics and climate control systems are great departures from current vehicles with a key focus on keeping resistance, weight and electrical draw to a minimum. These elements allow greater vehicle efficiency by placing less demand on the batteries and engine.

In person this vehicle is something to behold, it is a complete departure from current BMW design and looks to be a car from the future (Marty may have even seen one at some point in his travels).

Worth noting is that the original Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept did not actually contain a full working diesel/hybrid drivetrain in it when it debuted (it was powered by a small electric motor). Back when we viewed the original concept we were promised that in the future we will see the proposed system in a vehicle as the engineers are hard at work finalizing it.

That is where the “Don ‘tblogaboutthis ” Concept car comes in. This car is a mule of sorts clad like the VED concept. Being a dead in the water 6er we know it has nothing to do with the actual chassis and or body work. The purpose of the car appears to be for testing a drive train and other efficiency items. The tires and small single exhaust are dead giveaways that this vehicle has a purpose that is based around new efficiency technologies rather than testing an actual vehicle.

We would not be surprised to finally see a full working driveline and production components in a VED like car at Paris.

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  • Jon

    Interesting. Read over at bmw blog about this and they seem to know more but reveal less. Hopefully we get some new clues around this.

    My guess is a hybrid like VED, but not VED…maybe closer to a production model?