15 September 2012

BMW unveiled Active Tourer Concept

BMW has released the detail about its upcoming concept car bound for Paris Motorshow, the Active Tourer Concept. The car was commissioned to satisfy the need of customers of premium segment who appreciate a high level of comfort, raised seating position and generous amount of space, in a compact dimension. The industry is very sure that the car previews the forthcoming 1 Series Gran Tourismo, or 1 Series GT.

Conceptually, the car will rivals Mercedes B-Class, its fellow German competitor. As with the Stuttgart rival, Active Tourer Concept sits on a front wheel drive platform, a sign that BMW is contemplating a shift to FWD in its lower end car. It is a platform that will spawned the next generation MINI cars.

Apart from the glitzy show car touch, Active Tourer Concept is more or less production ready in its outlook. Ditch the gigantic alloys and some fancy trimmings, it is as good as go.The front end is characterized by the large headlight that bears similar internals with the F30, while the chunky bumper looks nothing like a pure concept car either. Side profile is dominated by the strong body creases that catch attention to the sills and waistline. The rear end adopt the modern BMW SUV look, like the X3, bit with the light silhouette and internal graphic that consistent with the recent crops of car like F20 and F30. The show car wears a lot of chunky chrome trimmings on the bumper and sills. 

The interior in essence is typical BMW architecture. The layout is production feasible, while the proud stand alone screen already features prominently in the new 1 Series and 3 Series. So by removing those one-off material and control panel surroundings, and replace them with contemporary BMW steering, meter binnacle, climate and audio control, i-drive control and gearknob and we won't stray far.
BMW Active Tourer Concept measures 4,359mm long, 1,834mm wide, 1,560mm tall and 2,670mm wheelbase. The Concept car is powered by  BMW new 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels, paired to a synchronous electric motor driving the rear axle. Total system output is 188hp, with 8s century sprint and a top speed of around 200km/h. Average fuel consumption is 2.5L/100km with CO2 emissions of less than 60g/km. More photo can be seen after the jump.

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