The hybrids just keep coming. AutoBild is suggesting that BMW is working on an i100 Coupe Active Hybrid (rendered above) to compete against the likes of the Mercedes SLS E-Cell and Audi’s E-tron vehicle. The plug-in hybrid i100 is rumored to have a three cylinder direct injection engine that will produce 165-185hp at the rear as well as two electric motors that will produce more than 100bhp. This power is eons away from the projected 526hp in the Mercedes SLS E-Cell, but is right around the horsepower provided with the Audi E-Tron concept. However, unlike their competition, the i100 will be a 2+2 as opposed to seating only two passengers.
Following the production of the i100 will be the BMW M100. This vehicle will be the M version of the i100 and will feature an inline six cylinder engine. The engine will more than likely be borrowed from the next generation M3 model.
The BMW i100 Coupe Active Hybrid will probably debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show with a production model beginning in 2013. BMW plans to produce 35,000 units priced at 100,000 EUROS each.
We’ll keep you posted on any further development.