The Bavarian automaker has announced its highlights for the 81st edition Geneva Motor Show, and also surprised us by unveiling the BMW Vision Connected Drive through an extensive photo gallery.
We have seen the BMW Vision Connected Drive, through a teaser video released in January, but it is only now that we can truly understand what this new concept is all about in terms of design. We still have to wait three more weeks until we find out details regarding its powertrain, so right now we know the BMW Vision Connected Drive is a roadster ‘aimed at making the vehicle an integral part of a network world’.
The BMW Vision Connected Drive will also enable passengers to optimize the comfort, safety and infotainement experience through ‘innovative funtionality’.
Apart from the BMW Vision Connected Drive Concept, the German automaker will also premiere the emissions free BMW ActiveE at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, along with the BMW 320d
EfficientDynamics Touring Edition and the new BMW X1 xDrive28i.    
BMW Press Release :
A multitude of unique new developments in the fields of drive systems
and intelligent networking of the driver, the vehicle and the
environment will be presented by BMW to the public at the Geneva Motor
Show from 3rd to 13th of March 2011; all of these contributing to a
steady, continuous increase in both vehicle efficiency and driving pleasure.
The leading position in the automobile world occupied by BMW in the
development of innovative driver assistance systems and mobility
services will be further strengthened at the 2011 Motor Show by the
world premiere of an extraordinary concept vehicle. The BMW Vision
ConnectedDrive study demonstrates current and future methods of mobile
networking in a particularly focused way. The design and technology of
this spectacular roadster are aimed at making the vehicle an integral
part of a networked world. Comfort, safety and the infotainment
experience in the vehicle can be precisely optimised by the innovative
functionality, individually tailored to suit the requirements of both
the driver and passenger. New technologies and design concepts are
employed to add even more facets to the unmistakable BMW driving pleasure.
BMW presents new aspects of its distinctive driving pleasure to the
motoring public with the development of concepts for electromobility.
In the framework of BMW EfficientDynamics, the purely electric drive
has adopted a key role on the road to CO2-free mobility. For the first
time, electromobility styled by BMW is on the verge of becoming
available to everyone for day-to-day use. The 2011 International Motor
Show is the venue for the world premiere of the BMW ActiveE, an
emission-free vehicle that offers the sporty feel, so typical of the
brand, to up to four people.
BMW has also extended its lead in the field of conventionally-powered
production vehicles, with the introduction of efficiency-raising
technologies. At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the BMW 320d
EfficientDynamics Touring Edition will be presented to the public for
the first time. Its four-cylinder diesel engine develops a maximum
output of 120 kW/163 bhp and yet consumes only an average of
4.3 litres per 100 kilometres in the EU test cycle (CO2:
114 g/km). In the mid-range premium segment, the BMW 320d
EfficientDynamics Touring Edition, together with the similarly
configured sedan, provide by far the best combination of driving
pleasure and economy.
Furthermore, the Geneva Motor Show is also the setting for the world
premiere of the new BMW X1 xDrive28i and thus for a new
generation of 2.0-litre petrol engines. For the first time in a
four-cylinder engine, the drive unit is fitted with BMW TwinPower
Turbo Technology with a turbocharging system based upon the Twin
Scroll principle together with High Precision Injection and the
VALVETRONIC fully-variable valve control system. The result
convincingly meets the objectives of BMW EfficientDynamics – more
driving pleasure at significantly lower consumption and CO2 emissions.

Source: BMW