BMW Concept Active Tourer plugin hybrid gives hint to 1 Series compact crossover


BMW will be unveiling its new Concept Active Tourer plugin hybrid crossover later this month at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and the company has just rolled its digital release of what we will expect in the near future of the mini version of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, which will have the 1 Series’ moniker.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer plugin hybrid is a compact crossover, which with one goal in mine, and that is to be an ultra-fuel efficient vehicle.  We have seen a growing numbers of the BMW i Series models with its plugin hybrid powertrain, and the “1 Series compact crossover” is inevitable to satisfy the modern customers.

The concept hybrid plugin crossover takes a lot of influence from the new 2012 3 Series sedan; basically, it pretty much a smaller version of it.  Despite the resemblance, what lies underneath the hood is totally a different beast.  The Concept Active Tourer is equipped with the new BWM’s eDrive plug-in hybrid drive system that combines with a 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three engine and a lithium-ion powered electric motor. The total system output is rated at 190 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. Not bad if you are luxury fuel miser.

According to BMW, the electric powered system has a driving range of 20 miles on a single charge, that is if you are suddenly out of gas.  As for fuel consumption at around 2.5 liters per 100 kilometers (or about 94 miles per gallon) which is similar to the Toyota Prius Plug-In’s rating of 2.2 L/100 km. Also you should know that top speed for the Concept Active Tourer compact crossover is around 124 mph with 0-62 mph in just 8 seconds.

New technology innovations for the Concept Active Tourer compact crossover, which we hope it will make into the production model, include new panoramic roof with “Cool Shade” technology that is similar to the Mercedes-Benz Magic Sky Control roof, new eight-inch gauge cluster information display, optional full color head-up display or the 10.25-inch center stack display screen. In addition, a retractable glass screen to display information such as vehicle speed, navigation instructions and other warnings.

We’ll have more details of the BMW Concept Active Tourer in production form later this month.  In the meantime, check out the slide show above.