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BMW is bringing the Concept Active Tourer Plug-in Hybrid to Paris to show off the automaker's new eDrive hybrid system and its new compact MPV. The Concept Active Tourer previews a new MPV that is aimed at buyers that want a car with a small footprint, but with a raised seating position. The BMW Concept Active Tourer is powered by a turbocharged 1.5L three-cylinder engine that sends its power to the front wheels and an electric motor powers the rear wheels. The plug-in hybrid system has a total of 190 horsepower and the electric motor and lithium-ion battery can power the concept up to 18 miles in full electric mode.

Lexus LF-CC Concept

The Lexus LF-CC concept previews the next-generation Lexus IS and a new hybrid powertrain that will eventually be offered in the Lexus lineup. The LF-CC concept takes the design of the LF-LC concept that was unveiled earlier this year and applies it to a smaller rear-wheel-drive coupe. Under the hood the LF-CC concept gets a new 2.5L hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.5L four-cylinder engine to an electric motor. We can expect to see this new hybrid powertrain in the next-generation 2014 IS.

Smart Forstars Concept

Smart’s current lineup only consists of the Smart fortwo, but the new smart forstars concept is proof that Smart is looking to expand its lineup. The Smart forstars concept is a two-seater just like the for two, but Smart describes it as a Sports Utility Coupe. The forstars concept is longer and taller than the fortwo, which means that there is more room in back for all your gear. Rather than power the concept with a standard gasoline engine, the forstars concept is powered by a 60 kW electric motor. One other cool feature is the integrated movie projector on the hood that will transform any area into an animated open-air cinema.

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