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.
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"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