There are reports saying that BMW will be joining forces with Bath University of the UK to come up with a new family of environmentally-friendly two-, three- and four-wheeled city vehicles.
Because of this there are some speculations that suggest a revival of the 50 year old Isetta badge, to provide the inspiration for the four-wheeled diminutive.
The tiny BMW, which is perfect for busy urban streets, will come with rear-mounted powerplant and rear-wheel drive for a harmony of power and handling. Because of its small footprint, the microcar will find no problem with parking.
The interior will be designed in a similar fashion to the Toyota iQ and will accommodate three adults and a seat behind the driver when required. BMW sources have pointed out that in spite of the cars dated heritage the new Isetta will be quite the car of the future.
From its release, the line of small-capacity gasoline and diesel powerplants are expected to come with fuel economy of more than 100mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of under 90g/km. There are other powerplants being considered with an all electric variant as the option of choice.
The company is currently evaluating the feasibility of battery power with the MINI e. To ensure the viability of such an option, the company needs to understand how these cars are utilized by different types of people and also establish what kind of performance level and life they can attain. BMW is committed to creating an extremely economical or zero emissions car or line of cars.
This will take no less than five years to accomplish, however. The carmaker's partnership with Bath University implies that the development is accelerating, and since the interest for vehicles with ecological themes are on the rise, the new Isetta could hit showrooms by 2011 with an electric variant close at its heels.