BMW Concept Active Tourer
BMW X5 PHEV at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show - Image Credit: Tom Moloughney
CAR is reporting that next year we will see the BMW 2-series Active Tourer in a plug-in hybrid version.
This model was the first front-wheel drive BMW, and first MPV, so now it will be one of the first plug-in hybrids (excluding BMW i subbrand) with all wheel drive.
The same platform will be shared with the new BMW X1.
"While almost all rival hybrids drive the front wheels, BMW’s eDrive concept connects to the rear wheels via a 102bhp/184lb ft electric motor.
"According to sources from within Munich’s corridors of R&D, this application offers distinct traction and weight distribution benefits, along with four-wheel torque vectoring."
"Decoded: the new BMW people carrier will be quicker and sharper driving, as well as cleaner. And four-wheel drive may well tempt away buyers of regular SUVs to try this taller-riding BMW."
It's expected that the lithium-ion battery pack will take Active Tourer PHEV up to 20 miles in all electric range before the 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine takes over.