At the Geneva Motor Show in 2008, BMW unveiled the X5 EfficientDynamics concept, a hybrid diesel variant of the BMW X5 luxury SUV. Last week, BMW announced that it's bringing a new concept vehicle to Frankfurt this September -- a vehicle that will take the EfficientDynamics concept at least one step further, if not more. Not only is this model expected to employ sustainably derived materials in its construction, but rumor has it that the vehicle will also be powered by an electric motor.
Now, photos have emerged that claim to have caught the vehicle -- the BMW Z Vision Concept -- en route to the Frankfurt Motor Show. Although most of the car is masked, we're afforded several great views of its silhouette, and we have to say, we're intrigued. If this is, in fact, an electric vehicle, it's worlds apart from the company's other EVs, like the all-electric MINI E and the allegedly relaunched Isetta.
Abundantly clear is the fact that the BMW Z Vision Concept is not a Euro-styled citycar; it is a sports car through and through. The coupe's long, sleek lines and aggressive grill would indicate something more on par with the Tesla Roadster or even the Fisker Karma sedan -- in short, a stylish vehicle with lots of luxury touches and plenty of appeal for American buyers.
Whatever format the Z Vision Concept takes, BMW has indicated that it's destined for production. And even though the price may put it outside the range of many car buyers (yes, including us), if it's electric, it's great to see a major automaker like BMW pushing the envelope.