Following the path of BMW’s "pioneering philosophy of sustainable mobility," the German automaker will debut its plug-in hybrid Concept Active Tourer for the first time on US soil at the 2013 New York Auto Show on March 27.

The Now-Required Image of a Plug-in Plugged In

The Now-Required Image of a Plug-in Plugged In

"Offering a glimpse of further innovations in store for the premium compact segment, BMW introduces the Concept Active Tourer – a new plug-in hybrid concept which combines comfort and functionality with dynamics and style while showcasing several innovative solutions.  Featuring an elongated wedge-shaped silhouette, athletic proportions and typical BMW lines, this concept car features a 3-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor which allows for nearly 95 mpg.  The Concept Active Tourer will also feature a “Cool Shade” composite glass roof which uses “Suspended Particle Device” technology allowing the driver to make the roof crystal clear or darken with the touch of a button."

That's the press blurb describing the Concept Active Tourer and, in all honesty, little additional information exists.  Here's a bulleted list of the rest of the limited details we know:

  • Consider the Concept Active Tourer as part of the BMW 1-Series lineup, but it's front-wheel-drive, rather than the more typical rear-wheel-drive layout found on most BMWs
  • The engine is a 1.5-liter, transversely mounted 3-cylinder gas engine paired
  • Its capable of operating in electric-only mode for a estimated 18 to 20 miles
  • 0 to 62 mph time is listed at under eight seconds
  • Top speed is 124 mph
If the Concept Active Tourer is your idea of an ideal ride, then there's some convincing, urging and coercing to be done.  BMW says there exists no plans to do a production version of this concept.

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