BMW has unveiled the BMW Concept Active Tourer plug-in hybrid, which is a preview of BMW’s upcoming compact MPV with its new eDrive hybrid system. According to BMW, the Concept Active Tourer is geared towards customers of the premium segment who appreciate a high level of comfort, a raised seating position and a generous amount of space.
The eDrive system from the BMW i8 is used here for the first time in a model from BMW’s brand, and the eDrive name will be the designation for all electric and plug-in hybrids from BMW. 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 sits above the rear axle. The BMW Concept Active Tourer 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. It can also go from 0 to 62 mph in under 8 seconds with a top speed around 125 mph. According to BMW, the concept’s fuel consumption is less than 2.5 liters per 100 kilometers.
On the outside, the BMW Concept Active Tourer features classic BMW design traits like the kidney grille. Its overall footprint is about the same as the BMW 1 Series, but it is slightly wider and taller. The interior is also full of new technology like a multifunction instrument display that uses Black Panel Technology and a “Cool Shade” panorama roof that can adjust the amount of light that enters the interior with the touch of a button.
The BMW Concept Active Tourer will have its world debut later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.