Report: BMW to bring 4 new models at Frankfurt Auto Show – BMW i3 Debut

German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport reports that BMW will take on the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show with four new models. On their home turf, the Munich-based automaker will introduce to the public the 2012 BMW M5 which is set for a media debut on June 21st.

The new 2012 BMW 1 Series Hatchback, scheduled for launch in two weeks, will also make its public debut at the German car show. Launched first in three and five-door variants, the F20 1 Series delivers a bolder exterior design, a revamped cabin and new engine offerings.

To sustain their lightweight philosophy, BMW will introduce the M3 EVO, the E90 sedan that makes extensive use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials. The E90 M3 EVO will be unveiled on June 23rd at the M Festival. The power output will be between the “regular” M3 and the M3 GTS, so somewhere between 420 and 450 horsepower.

The star of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show will be the BMW i3 Concept, a preview of BMW’s first mass-production electric vehicle that comes to market in 2013. A fleet of i3 models will be joining the BMW official cars at the 2012 London Olympics.

The 2013 BMW i3 is slated to feature a 150 PS (110 kW / 148 bhp) electric motor that enables the car to hit a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph) and travel approximately 257 km (160 miles) on a single charge.

Update: The BMW 5 Series Active Hybrid will be introduced as well.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport via WCF ]


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