BMW Concept Active Tourer Reveled: Paris Motor Show Preview

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu
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bmw concept active tourer reveled paris motor show preview

Heading to the 2012 Paris Motor Show will be the BMW Concept Active Tourer, which appears to be the concept car for the upcoming BMW 1 Series GT.

Perhaps this is a glimpse into BMW’s contingency plan for its family of i-vehicles since the electric car market hasn’t exactly taken off as well as the automaker has hoped. The plug-in hybrid concept features a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engine that the automaker is claiming to be a “high-performance unit with hallmark 6-cylinder genes.”

As for the synchronous electric motor in the Concept Active Tourer, BMW is aiming for a maximum range of 18.6 miles (30 kilometers) when operating on electric power alone. The total system output that will be presented in the compact concept vehicle is 190-hp and 147 lb-ft of torque and can hit 62-mph in under eight seconds while having a top speed of 124-mph.

But the focus point of the concept won’t be what’s under the hood or its styling. The German automaker spent much of its time speaking about the technology found in the interior of the vehicle which ranges from a ‘Cool Shade’ panoramic roof to its multifunctional instrument display. Visitors to the Paris Motor Show will hopefully get a glimpse into the automaker’s latest rendition of its Heads-up Display which promises to project all important information in a brilliant resolution directly into the field of vision of the driver thanks to a retracting glass surface.

Be sure to check back when the Paris Motor Show kicks off on September 27th for more details, including a first-look video of the BMW Concept Active Tourer.

GALLERY: BMW Concept Active Tourer

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • PaloAltoWorldView PaloAltoWorldView on Sep 15, 2012

    This seems very sane and attractive. What detail has BMW released with respect to (1) Exact size/capacity of the battery?, (2) Placement/shape of battery (floorpan, tunnel, or on/ahead/behind the rear "axle"? and (3) Power of the main electric traction motor (or motors)?