BMW Confirms 2015 US Launch of Active Tourer – Plug-In Hybrid Version Destined to Follow
From the floor of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, we brought you live images of the BMW Concept Active Tourer.
Way back then (75 days ago), we stated this:
“…a version of this vehicle (called the 1-Series GT) will be production-bound soon, perhaps as early as 2014.”
Some had their doubts, but today BMW is confirming what we stated.
As Automotive News reports:
“BMW’s first front-wheel-drive crossover, the Active Tourer, will go on sale in the United States in early 2015.”
Ian Robertson, BMW AG’s board member for sales and marketing, is the source of this latest info, so let’s now say that the Active Tourer is definitively headed for production and will launch in the US.
The Active Tourer will share platforms with the next-generation Mini Cooper. The Active Tourer will be offered in short- and long-wheelbase versions and FWD, as all as AWD, will be available. Eventually, a plug-in hybrid version will be offered.
But none of the production versions will be called the Active Tourer.
When it enters production, expect the Active Tourer to become the 1-Series GT.
Top speed will be approximately 125 mph.
The powertrain eventually found in the plug-in hybrid version of the 1-Series GT will almost surely be identical to the one that powers the upcoming Mini Cooper plug-in hybrid.
You see, BMW is being wise by spreading its production electric components out over several of its offering. So, expect to see what’s found in the i3 and i8 trickle through BMW’s entire future plug-in lineup. It makes perfect sense.
Source: Automotive News