The BMW Concept Active Tourer is set to be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, which begins on September 29th and it will debut with some all-new BMW technology. BMW sees the Active Tourer as its way to fit in with the 5-percent annual mpg growth required by the recently passed CAFÉ extension through 2025. Believe it or not, this compact crossover actually shares a small amount of DNA with the upcoming i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, which we will get into later.

The Concept Active Tourer is just as its name alludes to, a concept. However, it is a great glimpse into the upcoming technologies that BMW plans to add to its line up in the coming years. One brand-new item the Concept Tourer bears is the eDrive system, which we’ll describe in more detail later. The second new technology is the first-ever appearance by the much-anticipated BMW 3-cylinder engine.

As with any concept car that we see, we have to ask a few questions. First, is this concept a reality or is it a pipe dream that will likely never see the light of day in its conception form (See: Pontiac Sunfire)? Secondly, can this concept even compete in its market in both price and performance?

Click past the jump to read all about the BMW Concept Active Tourer and get the answers to these questions.

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Being a compact Crossover vehicle, BMW took the Concept Active Tourer’s dimensions very seriously. It had to take great care to keep its footprint small, yet not negatively impact the highly desired BMW comfort and handling or make its cabin too small. With its 4,353 mm (171.4-inch) length and 1,834 mm (72.2-inch) width, BMW managed to keep its footprint small enough to slide it into the luxury compact segment. On top of that, BMW added in a 2,670 mm (105-inch) wheelbase to keep its ride comfort and handling equally balanced, a high roofline to make the interior feel roomier, and transversely mounted the engine – breaking its own mold in the process – to help squeeze in a little more interior space.

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The Concept Active Tourer offers up a perfect balance of sport and luxury on the outside. The exterior is coated in a fine High Reflection Silver color that gives the body a dignified look to cover up its sporty lines. Up front, you will see a slightly raked front grille flanked by a pair of LED headlights that swoop rearward to the front fenders, making the Concept Active Tourer look like a sports model.

The lower front fascia boasts a sporty look not seen on many crossovers. Its wide mouth with black louvers is flanked by a pair of air intake openings that boast the same black louvers. Above the mouth and air intakes is a stylish line that almost makes the Concept Active Tourer look like its smiling at you as you approach it.

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From the side, the concept Active Tourer gives you a wedge design not often seen on a crossover. This is all thanks to the shallow-raked front glass, sloped nose, and its tilted grille making up a perfect package. From the side, you also will notice a set of premium 20-inch wheels, which is unheard of in the compact crossover realm. The sides of the Concept Active Tourer boast a stylish high beltline that adds a little shape to the doors, eliminating that boring look that many cars fall into from the side.

On the rear end, you will find what BMW calls “athletic elegance,” and we couldn’t say it any better ourselves. The taillights wrap around to the rear quarter panels and boast the same angle as the beltline, allowing you to see this stylish line from the rear end. Giving it the athletic look is its stout stance created by the wide wheel arches viewable from the rear end. As you make your way down the backside of this impressive-looking crossover, you come to a rear apron that makes this crossover look mean. Two cutouts in the apron allow twin exhaust pipes to flow out of the rear.

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All we can say about the Concept Active Tourer’s body is “Wow.” Somehow BMW managed to take the typically boring and turn it into solid gold. Of course, for the majority of the 2000s, BMW has been doing just that, so this is not unfamiliar territory.


One really neat thing that BMW did was to completely house the lithium ion batteries completely under the floor, making the interior much more spacious that you would think. This also adds to its cargo-hauling capabilities, making it serviceable as an SUV-type car.

BMW definitely did not skimp out on the Concept Active Tourer’s interior. It is loaded up with open-pore laminated wood that is milled from a single block, which outlines the division between the upper and lower sections of the dashboard.

The seats and door panel inserts feature full-grain leather covering with smooth leather to add a little bit of contrast. Orange contrasting seams on the seats remind you that this is not all about luxury; there is a little sport under there too. The center console almost hovers between the two seats after it makes its nearly seamless connection to the dashboard, which gives the driver and front passenger a little more room to move their legs.

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As BMW has always been known for, the Concept Active Tourer gives the driver easy access to all of the vehicle’s controls. The circular instruments and central information display boast BMW’s Black Panel Technology, maximizing viewing in both the day and nighttime via a 10.25-inch integrated panel instead of analog gauges. For a little extra ease of use, BMW also adds in a full-color heads-up display that appears on a glass screen that pops up between the instrument panel and the windshield.

The central information display is an 8-inch screen that gives you access to all of the vehicle’s menus, as well as the navigation system. In addition to that, it shows the driver how the hybrid system is working and lets the driver know how efficiently he is driving. The system uses the Plus navigation system to anticipate route profile, speed limits, and traffic to help the driver best use the vehicle’s energy.

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Above the seating area is a “Cool Shade” panorama roof. This glass roof contains Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology, which means the passengers or driver can control the amount of light let through and the amount of temperature let through at the press of a button. It ranges anywhere from the darkness of a pair of sunglasses to a crystal-clear appearance. The SPD system works by electrically charging molecules, forcing them to change their color.

From the looks we get of the interior, the Concept Active Tourer can seat up to five people – two up front and three in the rear. The rear seating gets special attention in this crossover, as BMW gives them tons of legroom for a compact vehicle and a raised rear roof to provide them with the ability to navigate to their seats easier. The rear seats are split 40:20:40, so you can get tons more cargo in without having to fold all of the seats. However, if you have a bigger load, you can fold all three seat backs and get a flat loading floor.

The Travel & Comfort system that BMW offers with the Concept Active Tourer has a huge impact on the rear passengers, as it has a vertical track placed on the rear of the front seats. On this track, the rear passengers can attach tray tables, storage bags an even most common tablet computers. These all attach via a quick-attach and release connector that slides up and down the track as needed.

BMW also fitted the Concept Active Tourer with an iPad app called “Seismic Surf,” which uses the driver’s style of driving to formulate a driving game. The goal of the game is to collect as many points as possible while remaining as economical as possible. The less economical the driver drives this compact crossover, the twistier the course on the game becomes. The more economical the driver, the easier the course in the game is. Cool idea, but pretty much just a feature to slap on the vehicle to make it seem cooler. In real life, it is likely a mess.

With the exception being the iPad app, BMW did a great job fitting the Concept Active Tourer with useful pieces of technology that not only help the driver enjoy the driving experience, but also drive as efficiently as possible. The iPad app, eh, we’re not huge fans of a car having a built-in driving game controlled by the driver’s driving style.


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The Concept Active Tourer uses BMW’s all-new eDrive system, which is shared with the i8 concept. This system acts as a plug-in hybrid system that will allow the driver to travel well over 30 km (18.6 miles) on just electric power alone. The electric motor can also have its profile changed at the drop of a hat to instantly boost the vehicle’s acceleration, which will use up a little more battery power than normal driving, of course. This electric motor pushes out 200 Nm (147 pound-feet) of torque, which is available immediately, to the rear wheels. The Active Tourer can be charged via a standard household 220-volt plug, but it also receives charge from both the rear axle movement and a generator attached to the 1.5-liter Twin-Power Turbo engine which uses a dual-scroll turbocharger to up the output in a way similar to a twin-turbo system.

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This TwinPower 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine features High Precision Injection, and BMW’s Valvetronic variable-valve-timing system. Though this engine has only three cylinders, don’t start thinking it’s all about economy, as this turbocharged 3-pot has some bang for its buck. BMW claims it to have spontaneous response, and a dynamic, sporty sound. The roll torque of this 3-cylinder is less than BMW’s current 4-cylinder offerings, as expected, but BMW farther heightens this by adding in a counterbalance shaft that offsets the movements of the engine internals, keeping everything running extremely smooth – just like a Bimmer should.

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In total, this system pumps out 190 horsepower, but no torque value is listed. We estimate the combined torque to be somewhere in the 279 to 325 pound-feet range, given the recent details released about the 3-cylinder lineup. BMW claims that the Compact Active Tourer will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just shy of eight seconds and will have a top speed around 200 km/h (124 mph). The performance is acceptable for a sporty crossover, though not overwhelming, but its 2.5 l/100 km (94.09 mpg) and 60 g/km of CO2 emission is downright stellar.

To help extend the Concept Active Tourer’s range, BMW fitted it with an ECO PRO system, which reduces the power of the A/C system and other electronic systems, gives the driver valuable driving advice by using the anticipated driving route and fuel conservation techniques, and activate the “coasting mode,” at two levels between 50 and 160 km/h (31 mph and 99 mph), which disengages the gasoline engine from the drivetrain and allows full use of the stored kinetic energy. This feature alone will save its driver hundreds of dollars per year in fuel, if he does a lot of light-traffic, long-distance driving.

Pricing and Release Date

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The Concept Active Tourer is still in concept phase, so BMW has not released a base price or a release date. We do, however, expect to see the Concept Active Tourer in production in the coming years. There are some features that you can expect to be missing from the production model, including track system for mounting trays, bags and tablet computers, driving-style-regulated iPad video game, and the 20-inch wheels. It may even arrive prior to the i8. As for pricing, you can expect this crossover to start out in the mid- to high-$60,000s and maybe into the $70,000s.


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Since it’s still in the conception phase and there is no crossover like it, it is hard to pin down a competitor for the Concept Active Tourer. We can, however, compare it to a traditional luxury hybrid crossover on the market, the Lexus 400h SUV. This SUV is significantly larger than the BMW, measuring in at 187.8 inches long and 66.7 inches wide, and having a 107.9-inch wheelbase. This means the cabin will likely be larger and more comfortable, but we cannot verify that, as BMW did not release the precise cabin specs. This Lexus’ 3.5-liter V-6 engine pumps out a stout 295 horsepower through a CVT drivetrain, giving it a huge advantage over the less-powerful BMW. It is also faster to 60 mph with its 7.5-second sprint.

Where this and all traditional hybrids fall short of plug-in hybrids is the fact that plug-in hybrids crush them in mpg. In the case of these two SUVs, the difference is staggering – the Bimmer gets 94 mpg, whereas the Lexus gets 32 mpg in the city.

In terms of styling, the two SUVs are equally stunning, so we’ll call that one a draw.


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The Active Tourer is a fantastic concept and we are about 95 percent certain it will hit production in some form. It will be expensive and, as we said, it will lack some of the more high-tech and safety-lowering features. Its 94 mpg simply blows us away and pulling that off with a sub-8-second 0 to 60 sprint just makes us grin. Nothing like having you fat-free cake with a little bit of taste to go along with it. But with it possibly cresting the $100K mark fully loaded, is this plug-in hybrid really worth the cash?

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We say if you are in the market for a $100K SUV, this is definitely an option. Even if you are looking at a $50K to $60K SUV, this may be worth the extra money just in the fuel you’ll save. Plus it looks good, has BMW’s legendary pedigree and will likely come with a stellar warranty package to keep you covered. To boot, this is an established company. And as much as we love what Tesla is up to with its Model X, we still have our fears that it might all come crumbling down at some point for Tesla.

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Combines comfort and functionality with dynamic performance and style: the BMW Concept Active Tourer.

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Munich - September 13. 2012... With the new BMW Concept Active Tourer, BMW presents a vehicle at the 2012 Paris Motor Show which is the first in the premium compact segment to combine comfort and space functionality with dynamic performance and style. Annual growth rates of up to five per cent are expected in the small car and compact segment of the premium class in the years to come. For this reason, the BMW Concept Active Tourer is a key component in the ongoing development of the BMW brand and its model portfolio.

As a plug-in hybrid, the BMW Concept Active Tourer also provides a glimpse ahead to future drive variants in automobiles of the compact class. The eDrive concept familiar from the BMW i8 is used here for the first time in a model of the core BMW brand and will in future be the designation for all electric and plug-in hybrid drives. It covers all components of the electric drive, the electric motor developed by BMW, the lithium-ion battery and the intelligent engine control unit.

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Excellent combination of sporty aesthetic appeal and comfort.
The new BMW Concept Active Tourer combines compact dimensions and an attractive, sporty design with hallmark BMW quality. With an exterior length of 4,353 millimetres, a width of 1,834 millimetres and a total height of 1,560 millimetres, the BMW Concept Active Tourer is geared towards customers of the premium segment who appreciate a high level of comfort, a raised seating position and a generous amount of space.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer will also be attractive to families who attach importance to functionality and versatility as well as lifestyle and athletic flair. A long wheelbase of 2,670 millimetres, a high roof line and a compact transverse engine with front-wheel drive make it possible to create a generously sized interior. The spacious load compartment of the BMW Concept Active Tourer provides fully-fledged everyday suitability since the batteries of the hybrid drive are housed entirely underneath the load floor.

The design: dynamic and compact.

With its harmonious proportions the BMW Concept Active Tourer displays sporty elegance from every angle. It demonstrates how compact dimensions, functionality and versatility can be skilfully combined with a dynamic design. The exclusive exterior paint finish in High Reflection Silver contributes to the refined appearance of the BMW Concept Active Tourer. Meanwhile, interesting touches are provided by the additional applications at the front, side and rear. The surfaces are in high-gloss polish with brushed velvet matt on the undersurface. This subtle shimmering between matt and gloss emphasises the play of light and shadow created by the new exterior paint finish.

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The BMW Concept Active Tourer unmistakably retains the characteristically expressive BMW front view. The dominating element here is the distinctive, slightly front-tilted BMW radiator grille. The striking twin headlines with LED positioning lights (eyebrows) stretching far back into the side panels and the multi-faceted front apron combine to reinforce the sporty presence of the BMW Concept Active Tourer. Furthermore, the two large outer air inlets below the headlights emphasise the impression of width created by the front view. Seen from the side, the elongated silhouette with its suggested wedge shape gives the BMW Concept Active Tourer a dynamic feel even when stationary - something which is unique in the class. Integrated door openers and the strikingly contrasted side sills with their rising shadow line combine with the large 20-inch wheels to give the BMW Concept Active Tourer its sporty, elegant appearance. Short body overhangs at the front and rear and the long wheelbase make for an unusually generously sized interior considering the vehicle’s compact exterior dimensions. The raised roof line and large doors at front and rear promise convenient access to all seats.

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Meanwhile, the rear section of the BMW Concept Active Tourer is characterised by athletic elegance. Marked, horizontal body lines define the rear view of this compact BMW. The large rear light clusters running well into the side panel highlight the broad wheel arches, visually underscoring the vehicle’s solid road-holding. The large tailgate with low load sill and wide opening provides convenient access to the luggage compartment.

The interior: elegant with an unhindered sense of space.

The generously designed interior of the BMW Concept Active Tourer is both transparent and refreshingly new. The open-pore laminated wood milled from a single block provides the visual link between the upper and low decor surfaces of the instrument panel. This creates a very elegant and light overall impression in the front section of the interior. The door trim panels and seats are covered in light, velvety soft full-grain leather and smooth leather, providing a silky, shimmering gloss which emphasises the luxurious, elegant ambience of the interior. There are also orange contrasting seams which underscore the vehicle’s sporty character. The BMW Concept Active Tourer offers an entirely new sense of space. The centre console appears to hover between the two front seats with a smooth transition to the dashboard. This arrangement guarantees maximum legroom for both driver and front passenger.

The cockpit with hallmark BMW driver orientation provides optimum accessibility of all the main controls. The circular instruments in Black Panel Technology are within the driver’s field of vision, as is the monitor of the central information display. As an optional extra, a full-colour Head-Up-Display appears on a special retracting glass surface between the steering wheel and windscreen - a first in the compact segment. The raised seats in the so-called semi-command position also ensure an excellent all-round view, rounding off the optimum level of operating convenience and comfort.

"Cool Shade" panorama roof:

changes spatial feel and temperature at the press of a button.
An innovative panorama sunroof creates a unique ambience, extending across the entire roof surface of the BMW Concept Active Tourer. The composite glass roof with innovative Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology means that the desired brightness or temperature effect can be created at the press of an electric button - either being darkened to the level of powerful sunglasses or raised to crystal clear brightness. Occupants can achieve a special lighting effect by manually adding a large-area leaf structure design to the glass roof. Electrical impulses cause the molecular structure of the glass to change at continuously varying levels between light and dark according to preference. The play of light and shadow thus created highlights the sense of space, thereby generating a pleasantly atmospheric lighting effect on all seats.

Travel & Comfort System: generous lightness in the rear section.

Rear passengers likewise enjoy very comfortable seating in the BMW Concept Active Tourer. The generous leg space created by the long wheelbase and slightly raised roof gives passengers plenty of freedom for movement. This also makes it particularly easy to enter and exit the vehicle. The luggage compartment is highly versatile due to the variable rear backrests, which can be split 40 : 20 : 40. A flat load floor can be created by folding down all three backrest sections.

In addition to these variable luggage space expansion options, the BMW Concept Active Tourer offers rear passengers additional intelligent details as part of the Travel & Comfort System. A centrally located vertical metal track is integrated in the back of the front seats. This innovative clip-on track system allows folding tables offering a range of convenient adjustment options to be attached by means of a quick fastener, and additional storage bags can also be suspended. Use of all common models of tablet computer is especially convenient from the rear seats. Tablets can be fixed to the clip-on track system in either portrait or landscape format and used for internet search, games or relaxed movie-viewing at eye level.

New information experience: the multifunctional instrument display.

A particular highlight of the BMW Concept Active Tourer is the multifunction instrument display. Instead of a conventional instrument cluster with four analog circular instruments providing the driver with information on speed, engine speed, fuel level and oil temperature, there is a 10.25-inch integrated screen which makes for a modern display experience.

The familiar look with four circular instruments is still retained, but the use of extended Black Panel Technology gives the drive a whole new range of display options. For example, the screen shows the drive experience modes COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO with differing indicators and in distinctive colour schemes, thereby ensuring increased safety and efficiency as well as exemplary driver orientation. As a result, the instrument cluster provides the driver with information which perfectly matches the situation on the road.

"Seismic Surf" app for economical driving made easy.

Rear passengers in the BMW Concept Active Tourer can experience fascinating technology hands-on with the new iPad app "Seismic Surf". "Seismic Surf" creates a game world in real time. It is an exciting ecological racing game which draws on the acceleration figures, engine speed and other data supplied continuously by the BMW Concept Active Tourer. Each real-life driving situation is interpreted and used to generate an infinite variety of new challenges in the computer game.

The aim of the game is to collect as many points as possible along a virtual route and record the most efficient driving style. The driver can directly influence the level of difficulty. Anticipatory driving simplifies the game, while a sporty driving style creates a winding and more difficult virtual route in the game. Only perfect interaction between a fuel-efficient driver and a skilful player at the rear can maximise the point score and achieve a podium position in the BMW games universe.

Head-Up Display with brilliant resolution and a full spectrum of colours.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer is fitted with the latest-generation multicolour Head-Up Display. It projects all important information in brilliant resolution directly into the field of vision of the driver via a retracting glass surface. The intensity of projection automatically adapts to the light available. The day and night design is the same as that of the instrument panel. Depending on the driver’s preference, not only the current speed and speed limits can be displayed but also overtaking bans. The driver can also obtain navigation assistance as well as a range of warnings. Because of the large number of driver assistance systems available, the scope of information which can be displayed in the Head- Up Display has reached a level as yet unequalled in this class of vehicle.

Central information display in Black Panel look.

An 8-inch display takes care of the familiar menu guidance and route planning functions in the new navigation system. What is more, the central information display also visualises the current operating state of the hybrid drive. This ensures the driver is constantly informed on deployment of the combustion engine and electric motor and is able to track the energy flow within the system. The power electronics of the hybrid drive is networked with the intelligent Plus navigation system so as to provide maximum efficiency. Based on the data collected such as route profile, speed limits and traffic situation, the vehicle is prepared in advance so as to make the most efficient use of the energy available.

The drive system of the BMW Concept Active Tourer:
the future begins.

The drive of the BMW Concept Active Tourer follows the BMW Group’s pioneering philosophy of sustainable mobility. The drive technology of all BMW plug-in hybrid models and electrically powered BMW i models bears the designation BMW eDrive, a term which includes all electric drive components. The BMW Concept Active Tourer has been designed as a so-called plug-in hybrid - ideally combining the benefits of electric drive with those of a classic combustion engine. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV = Plug-in-Hybrid Electric Vehicle) will have a particularly important role to play in future. This is because plug-in hybrid vehicles normally have a range of well over 20 kilometres when run on electricity and can therefore be used efficiently for both short and long trips as well as in mixed mode. In the case of the BMW Concept Active Tourer, a state-of-the-art 1.5-litre petrol engine from the BMW Group Efficient Dynamics family of engines interacts perfectly with a synchronous electric motor.

PHEV: the best of both worlds for impressive performance.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer presents a drive concept which is new to the BMW brand. The 1.5-litre petrol engine does not drive the rear wheels - as has been the case in BMW models to date - but the front wheels. The electric motor of the BMW Concept Active Tourer is designed as a fully-fledged power unit and acts on the rear axle, if necessary powering the car on its own.

With a system output of over 140 kW/190 bhp, the combination of combustion engine and electric motor enables the BMW Concept Active Tourer to achieve highly sporty performance figures while maintaining extremely low fuel consumption and emission levels. The BMW Concept Active Tourer accelerates in less than eight seconds from standing to 100 km/h, while the maximum speed achieved by the dynamic plug-in hybrid is around 200 km/h. In spite of these impressive performance figures, the average fuel consumption is less than 2.5 litres per 100 kilometres, with a CO2 emissions level of less than 60 g/km.

In addition to convincing performance figures, the innovative drive concept also gives the BMW Concept Active Tourer a driving response which is both comfortable and dynamic.

New 1.5-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo engine:
high-performance power unit with hallmark 6-cylinder genes.

The combustion engine of the new BMW Concept Active Tourer is a new cutting-edge 1.5-litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology. Derived from the multiple award-winning 6-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, it combines the latest generation of High Precision Injection with the fully variable valve control system VALVETRONIC and ultra-modern turbocharging. BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology will be used in all power units of the BMW Group’s Efficient Dynamics engine family in the future - not least because it does not depend on total capacity or number of cylinders. The new 3-cylinder engine in the BMW Concept Active Tourer is one of the first representatives of this new generation of engines. The compact in- line engine constitutes an exemplary combination of dynamic performance and efficiency.

The new BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder offers character-specific benefits: running smoothness, revving power, spontaneous response and a dynamic, sporty sound.

Since there are no first and second-order inertia forces, it offers an especially high level of comfort in terms of noise and vibration. The level of roll torque is lower than that of a 4-cylinder and is compensated for by a single counterbalance shaft. Among other things, this helps keep the engine extremely smooth-running in the low engine speed range, too.

Synchronous electric motor: additional power without emissions.

The synchronous electric motor in the BMW Concept Active Tourer was also developed by the BMW Group. With a fully charged battery, the BMW Concept Active Tourer has a maximum range of over 30 kilometres when running on electric power alone. This means that the majority of day-to-day trips dispense with local emissions entirely. What is more, the boost function can be applied to use the power provided by the synchronous electric motor for such things as highly dynamic acceleration manoeuvres. In both cases the drive power is made available spontaneously and without delay. The maximum torque of 200 Newton metres is available from standing. The lithium-ion battery of the BMW Concept Active Tourer can be charged at any 220 volt household power socket. Power can be drawn from both axes of the BMW Concept Active Tourer and fed into the lithium-ion battery so as to enhance the efficiency of the plug-in hybrid. While the electric motor automatically recuperates maximum energy at the rear axle during deceleration, a high-volt generator connected to the combustion engine additionally charges the battery whenever needed.

Hybrid drive with intelligent energy management.

As part of the BMW Group’s Efficient Dynamics strategy, the BMW Concept Active Tourer also features a measures package specially geared towards the plug-in hybrid to increase efficiency. For example, an anticipatory operating strategy optimises the efficiency of the electric motor and the high- performance battery. The system draws on data provided by the navigation system, calculating in advance the most suitable sections of the route and driving situations in which to apply electric drive or charge the battery. This optimised charging strategy saves up to ten per cent of energy so as to extend the amount of travel time during which the vehicle runs on electrical power alone.

Wide portfolio of additional BMW EfficientDynamics measures.

The new BMW Concept Active Tourer naturally includes numerous other features of the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy, too. In the case of the BMW Concept Active Tourer, these are all mainly geared towards maximising the range of the vehicle when running purely on electricity. This involves optimising the energy consumption of the ancillary units. Every kilowatt of stored energy saved is thus instantly available to power the electric motor.

Other BMW EfficientDynamics measures include an automatic engine start/stop system geared especially towards the plug-in hybrid drive and the second generation of air flap control.

ECO PRO as standard further enhances efficiency.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer is fitted with the ECO PRO mode which is also available in current BMW serial production models. This additional method of cutting fuel consumption remains globally unique in the automotive sector to date in this form. At the appropriate opportunities, ECO PRO mode reduces the power of the interior air conditioning and other electrically powered comfort functions, ensuring drive components operate on maximum efficiency according to the current situation on the road.

ECO PRO mode also provides the driver with valuable advice. To this end, this system is linked to the navigation system. Based on the calculated route data and the driver’s individual style of driving, ECO PRO mode is able to indicate how to reach a given destination with the lowest level of fuel consumption, for example. The preview assistant gives the driver tips such as "Remove foot from accelerator" if a tight bend or speed limit is approaching which the driver cannot even see yet. The preview assistant can take into account such features as bends, built-up areas, roundabouts, T junctions and motorway exits. At the same time, an anticipatory transmission assistant optimises the electronic transmission control system for imminent situations.

ECO PRO mode can also activate the so-called coasting mode at two levels between 50 and 160 km/h. Here the system completely deactivates the combustion engine at speeds of up to 125 km/h. It also decouples the engine from the drivetrain up to a speed of 160 km/h, allowing comfortable driving while making full use of the kinetic energy already generated.

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  (100) posted on 09.27.2012

It’s competitors must be really scared of this car because I think in every way you look, this car have everything you want you car is.

  (116) posted on 09.26.2012

I was wondering why they say that this car might not seen on the production line?

  (105) posted on 09.24.2012

I think everybody love this as much as I love it.

  (86) posted on 09.21.2012

Wow. Superb! All features are good! It must cost a lot.

  (779) posted on 09.20.2012

Wow, 94 MPG? That’s a great number, I mean a great fuel economy.

  (8) posted on 09.20.2012

With this kind of long description, BMW surely prepared and got ready to present their newest crown jewel.

  (701) posted on 09.19.2012

Wow, I didn’t know that the hood will be transparent.

  (44) posted on 09.19.2012

Aw, they said that this car may never see the production line. That’s a sad news.

  (34) posted on 09.19.2012

With this kind of long description, BMW surely prepared and got ready to present their newest crown jewel.

  (38) posted on 09.18.2012

I really love this SUV type car. The style and color are really fitted on this car.

  (71) posted on 09.18.2012

It is really stylish inside and even on the outside. This “Active Tourer” is incredible!.

  (780) posted on 09.17.2012

I really don’t know “Active Tourer”. But I think it will do good on this car.

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