headlights with LED ‘eyebrows.
Kanaan: Giving a clearer idea about the compact
MPV it should be launching in about a year from now, BMW will present at the 2012 Paris Motor Show (Mondial
de l'Automobile, public days from 29 September to
14 October) its plug-in hybrid (PHEV)
concept, the Concept Active Tourer.
Concept Active Tourer represents BMW's view of a
compact premium plug-in hybrid with a "spacious,
versatile and airy interior... with a raised seating
new front-wheel drive platform for the
compact BMW MPV.
Bavarian group explains that "with
sales of small and compact cars expected to grow by
five per cent annually in the next few years, the
Concept Active Tourer presents a real
opportunity" for the continued growth of the brand.
In other words, the Concept Active Tourer
is more than a plug-in hybrid
concept, as it represents a new generation of compact
models which will adopt the new front-wheel drive
platform, at BMW and its British brand MINI.
this perspective, the Concept Active Tourer will be
BMW's direct competitor of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class,
while the 1-Series
faces the A-Class,
Audi A3 and Volvo's
V40 in the premium C-segment category. Of course,
the main versions of the production model will be
petrol and diesel powered, with the plug-in hybrid (PHEV)
being an additional, more niche oriented option.
new range of display options with
different colour schemes.
compact concept can take up to five people in a
relatively long wheelbase of 2,670mm (105.12 inches)
within the compact (lower medium, C-segment) overall
length of 4,353mm (171.38), with the
transverse front-engine layout and batteries of the
electric drive system housed beneath the boot floor
allowing for more interior space, and the
rear seats split
in a 40:20:40 configuration to maximise versatility.
on the drivetrain of the BMW i8 concept car, the
Concept Active Tourer is a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) which
combines a new
transversely mounted 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol
engine mounted at the front, driving the front wheels
– a change at BMW, known for its RWD and AWD
offerings – and an electric motor
driving the rear wheels.
Up to five people
relatively long wheelbase.
says that combined,
the two power systems (the turbo charged petrol engine and
the electric motor) deliver more than 190hp (140 kW, 187
bhp). The electric
motor alone can deliver 200Nm (147.6 lb-ft) of torque
from standstill (a known advantage with the electric
motors), allowing the Concept Active Tourer to
cover the 0-62mph (0-100 km/h) in less than eight
seconds and onto a top speed of 125mph (201 km/h).
German premium carmaker adds that the Concept Active
Tourer can be driven for almost 20 miles (over 30 km) on
battery power alone.
to BMW, the PHEV powertrain returns a combined fuel
economy of 113 UK mpg (equivalent
to 94.1 US mpg, 2.5 litres/100 km, 40 km/litre) with CO2
emissions of less than 60g/km.
says that while the batteries
can be recharged from any 220-volt domestic power
socket, they also recuperate energy from the electric
motor during deceleration. The petrol engine also
incorporates a high-voltage generator to charge them
new three-cylinder 1.5-litre TwinPower petrol engine
is derived from BMW’s six-cylinder power unit, with
direct fuel injection, fully variable valve control,
VALVETRONIC and turbocharging, BMW EfficientDynamics
technologies, including Auto Start-Stop and ECO PRO
mode, to improve efficiencies.
BMW explains that with
data received from
the satellite navigation system, the
drive system can anticipate energy needs to choose the
best times to charge the battery or apply electric
drive, enhancing energy savings of up to 10 per cent.
exterior features the
headlights and LED ‘eyebrows’, short overhangs,
broad arches wrapped around 20-inch wheels and
wrap-around rear light clusters.
Panoramic glass roof:
interior is trimmed in soft full-grain leather and
The traditional four circular
instruments cluster uses Black Panel technology to
offer a new range of display options, with alternating
colour schemes depending on the drive system operating
Conventional analogue instruments are replaced
by an integrated 10.25-inch colour screen. Menu
guidance and route planning are displayed on a second,
eight-inch Black Panel screen which can also display
the current operating mode of the hybrid drive system.
optional head-up display, on a retracting glass panel
between the steering wheel and windscreen, informs the
driver of the actual speed, the local speed limit and any
overtaking restrictions, as well as showing navigation
assistance and a range of warnings in sharp colour
panoramic glass roof featuring suspended particle
device technology – electrical impulses which change
the particle structure of the glass – allows the
light intensity to be changed in the cabin at the touch of a button.
‘Seismic Surf’ iPad app for rear passengers
provides a set of challenges in a computer game, based
on data supplied by the Concept Active Tourer. The aim
is to collect points on a virtual route by driving in
the most economical style.