BMW Active Tourer Concept was presented by the Germans in a photo gallery and with complete info, a model that foreshadows a future B-Klasse rival. The concept has front-wheel drive, a three-cylinder engine and a fuel efficiency of 2.5 liters per cent.
BMW Active Tourer Concept is a new addition to the premieres of the car manufacturer from Munich for its stand at 2012 Paris Motor Show. The Germans unveiled today a concept that prefigures a future Mercedes B-Class rival. According to BMW, this segment is forecast to increase up to five percent annually, and they don’t want to miss their share on the coming years. Besides being a model that approaches a niche segment, Active Tourer Concept is a plug-in hybrid, which submits further ideas that will be applied to the future PHEV from BMW. The changes don’t stop here, the new Active Tourer Concept having a transverse engine and front-wheel drive, marking an absolute premiere for BMW.
BMW Active Tourer Concept photo gallery
BMW Active Tourer Concept – What is it?
BMW wants to attract families who value functionality, versatility and athletic elements prefigured by the production version of this concept. For now, this is not confirmed, but it seems that BMW is preparing a model to fill the gap between the new 1 Series and the 3 Series Touring version, or at least so logic dictates.
The wheelbase of 2,670 mm (105.118 in) provides generous interior space completed by the tall ceiling and by the exterior dimensions. BMW Active Tourer Concept has a length of 4,353 mm (171.378 in), width 1,834 mm (72.204 in) and height of 1,560 mm (61.41 in). To these features are added the on-board premium finishes and elements that have consecrated so far the BMW brand.
BMW Active Tourer Concept – Design
BMW says that the new Active Tourer Concept represents sporting elegance from every angle you you look. The concept comes with a special paint finish, “High Reflection Silver”, which gives a particular look. The front side manages to capture the essence of BMW without any problems, the model being equipped with an expressive “face”. The situation becomes striking when you look at the car from profile, at which point we see a new shape for BMW.
Feature by feature, the design reminds us of the familiar lines specific to BMW, but some elements are unusual for the German mark. The rear manages to save the day, showing us a known silhouette, reminding of the SUVs and Touring models from the Bavarian manufacturer. The feeling of space at the interior is enhanced by a panoramic roof, which is uncertain on the production model. The ceiling has a technology called Suspended Particle Device, which allows changing the brightness by pressing a button. All is operated by electrical impulses, which changes the molecular structure of the glass ceiling to toggle between light and shade if desired.
BMW Active Tourer Concept – Interior
The interior is and will be the strength of this model. Compared with a series model, we see that many surfaces have a translucent finish, while the steering wheel has an unusual shape. The pedals are also made with a finishing that most probably won’t be on the production version. However, all the elements seem to be achievable, if we look at them piece by piece.
The most futuristic elements are the onboard ambient light strips, located on the steering wheel, on the door faces and on the dashboard, the lighting color can change as shown in the picture below (more in the photo gallery). The gear shifter is in place and has a form similar to those found on the production models, while the iDrive system controller has a futuristic shape, eliminating the physical buttons. The central mirror, front seats and the A pillars are among the few items that we haven’t noticed in the current BMW range, these are compromises applied to this new niche.
BMW Active Tourer Concept – Engine
The propulsion system of this BMW concept changes decades of tradition in an instant. BMW Active Tourer Concept has front-wheel drive and a transverse engine: 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo with three-cylinder. This is assisted by an electric motor and a battery pack that forms a hybrid system which can be powered from the electrical outlet. The lithium-ion battery charging can be done from a standard 220V socket. This model is charging batteries from deceleration and braking, leading the regenerative braking to another level, and the internal combustion engine acts as a generator when it is necessary. BMW seems to have abandoned the rear-wheel drive to obtain a more compact “packing”, also to be able to fit as many batteries into the space below the cabin.
The hybrid system also has a navigation system, the two being able to work together to reduce fuel consumption. Everything can go so far as to tell the driver not to accelerate anymore because it follows a curve and a speed limit after that corner in order to preserve the resources at maximum. This function is integrated in the ECO PRO system. The ECO PRO system is able to decouple the internal combustion engine in certain phases of driving. Thus, between 50 and 160 km/h (31 – 100 mph), the connection between the transmission and the wheels can be disengaged completely to reduce friction and the internal combustion engine can be switched off at speeds up to 125 km/h (77 mph).
Also, the internal combustion engine can be disconnected from the drive train at a speed up to 160 km/h (100 mph), while it acts as a generator. Together, the two engines provide a maximum power of over 190 hp (142 kW/193 PS), which leads to a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time in less than eight seconds and a top speed of over 200 km/h (125 mph). Despite this performance, the average fuel consumption is 2.5 liters of petrol per cent (113 mpg imperial, 94 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of only 60 grams per kilometer.
BMW Active Tourer Concept Video
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