BMW will be showcasing two very different concepts at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, one a brand new eco-friendly vehicle touting the latest in EfficientDynamics technology and the other a previous sports concept displaying the carmaker’s new performance accessories range. The third major attraction on BMW’s stands at this year’s Geneva event will be the introduction of the new M3 Convertible complete with the carmaker’s all-new dual clutch gearbox.

Following on from the X6 Active Hybrid concept from last year, and the X3 Active Hybrid concept from 2005, BMW will showcase a new diesel-hybrid powertrain in a new concept based on the X5 SUV. The two-mode hybrid system, co-developed with GM and Daimler, uses twin electric motors which can either be used to boost acceleration, charge batteries or as a generator to mutually power each other. The two-mode active transmission is based on an ECVT electrical continuously variable transmission. The two operating modes, one of which has been optimized for low, the other for high speeds, are supplemented by fixed transmission ratios.

Also on display for the first time will be the new 1-series ‘BMW Performance’ range. Based on last year’s tii concept, the new range includes plenty of carbon-fiber, race-style alloy wheels and a new bodykit. For more details on the M3 Convertible, check out our previous story for all the official info by clicking here.

BMW Concept X6 Active Hybrid

BMW M3 Convertible

BMW 1-series tii concept