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BMW Concept Active Tourer hints at future plug-in 1 Series

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Earlier today, we posted a picture of what was referred to as the 1 Series Gran Turismo, but as it turns out, this car is actually the BMW Concept Active Tourer that is being unveiled later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. As a growing number of automakers continue to expand into this premium small car market, the production version of this concept car could be in a unique position with its ultra-fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Those who loved the lines of last year's BMW i3 concept should warm to the styling and proportions of this new concept vehicle. Instead of the copious amounts of transparent body panels, the Concept Active Tourer gives a better indication of what this future model will look like with the front receiving a heavy influence of the new 2012 3 Series sedan - namely the long hood - and the rest of the hatchback looking like a scaled-down version of a BMW crossover. It is rumored that the production version of this concept vehicle could still wear the 1 Series GT nameplate.

At the heart of the Concept Active Tourer is BMW's new eDrive plug-in hybrid drive system that pairs a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three with a lithium-ion powered electric system. The total system output is rated at 190 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. More importantly, BMW says this system has an all-electric driving range of close to 20 miles, but the automaker did not give specifics on battery charge times or what types of motors it plans to use. In true BMW fashion, acceleration is still pretty important, and it has the ability to get from zero to 62 miles per hour in under eight seconds with a top speed of 124 mph. Being a plug-in hybrid, this concept sips fuel with fuel consumption being just 2.5 liters per 100 kilometers (or about 94 miles per gallon) which is comparable to the Toyota Prius Plug-In's rating of 2.2 L/100 km.

The true innovation of the Concept Active Tourer is its interior, and while BMW hasn't provided interior shots as of this writing, the company spelled out what to expect in its lengthy press release. Some of the highlights include exciting new cabin technology such as the "Cool Shade" roof and numerous display screens. Like the Mercedes-Benz Magic Sky Control roof, BMW's new "Cool Shade" panoramic roof can change opacity at the push of a button, and it can even has a selectable leaf-like design for a special effect. Drivers can get information from the eight-inch gauge cluster display, the optional full color head-up display or the massive 10.25-inch center stack display screen. The HUD projects onto a retractable glass screen and displays information such as vehicle speed, navigation instructions and other warnings.

In terms of its size, the Concept Active Tourer is about as long as the current 1 Series with an overall length of 171 inches and a wheelbase of 105 inches, but it sits about five inches taller and is four inches wider. Scroll down for the lengthy (but information-packed) press release.Continue reading BMW Concept Active Tourer hints at future plug-in 1 Series

BMW Concept Active Tourer hints at future plug-in 1 Series originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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