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BMW Concept Active Tourer

BMW Concept Active Tourer plug-in hybrid (PHEV)

BMW Concept Active Tourer plug-in hybrid (PHEV)

The BMW Concept Active Tourer is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) based on the drivetrain of the BMW i8 concept car, with fuel economy of 113mpg and CO2 emissions of less than 60g/km.

The Concept Active Tourer combines a new transversely mounted 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine mounted at the front, with an electric motor driving the rear wheels. The electric motor is capable of driving the Concept Active Tourer for almost 20 miles on battery power alone. Combined, the two power systems deliver more than 190hp to ensure sporty performance. The electric motor alone can deliver 200Nm of torque from standstill, allowing the Concept Active Tourer to accelerate from zero to 62mph in less than eight seconds and onto a top speed of 125mph.

The PHEV powertrain is also extremely fuel-efficient, with a combined fuel economy of 113mpg and CO2 emissions of less than 60g/km. The batteries can be recharged from any 220-volt domestic power socket, however they also recuperate energy from the electric motor during deceleration, while the petrol engine also incorporates a high-voltage generator to charge them on demand.

The smooth and spontaneous new three-cylinder 1.5-litre TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, derived from BMW’s six-cylinder power unit, features high-precision direct fuel injection, fully variable valve control, VALVETRONIC and turbocharging to help maximise efficiency. A raft of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, including Auto Start-Stop and ECO PRO mode, help to achieve such efficiencies.

The drive system can even anticipate its energy needs using data provided by the satellite navigation so that it can calculate the best times to charge the battery or apply electric drive. This can result in energy savings of up to 10 per cent.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer is aimed at customers who enjoy premium quality within a compact and sporty car, which provides outstanding space, versatility and a raised seating position that offers a commanding view of the road.

A long wheelbase of 2,670mm, combined with the transverse front-engined layout guarantees generous interior space for up to five people, while the rear seats are split 40:20:40 for maximum versatility. The batteries of the electric drive system are housed beneath the boot floor to maximise available space.

With sales of small and compact cars expected to grow by five per cent annually in the next few years, BMW believes that the Concept Active Tourer presents a real opportunity for the continued growth of the BMW brand. It will be on display at the Paris Motor Show.

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