BMW Unveils Concept Active Tourer Outdoor


BMW's latest concept is geared specifically towards an active outdoor lifestyle.

What you’re looking at is BMW’s Concept Active Tourer Outdoor, which will have its debut at the OutDoor Friedrichshafen fair in Germany. If it looks somewhat familiar, then you’re not alone. It’s literally the same size and shape as last year’s Concept Active Tourer that debuted at the Paris Motor Show. This plug-in hybrid is powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that moves the front wheels, and works together with an electric motor and lithium-ion high-performance battery located under the rear compartment floor.

All told, output is rated at 190 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. It can reportedly go from 0-62 mph in less than eight seconds and has a pure electric range of up to 19 miles. Top speed is 124 mph and BMW claims a fuel economy of about 95 mpg on the US cycle. With its Gold Race Orange exterior paint job and 20" alloy wheels, the idea behind the concept is that it’s for those who live an active lifestyle, hence its name. It comes with a compartment that can fit two bikes that rest on built-in, retractable carriers. Once the front wheels and seats of the bikes are removed, the frames can then be locked in place using two rails and brackets.

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The wheels are stored in a unique holder next to the rear seat and the seats go into a compartment in the floor. And because bikes get dirty, the load floor is made of studded plastic in a dark MoonRock Gray. There’s also an eight-inch dash display screen that features navigation and hybrid system status. BMW teamed up with the tourist board of the Austrian Tyrol of the "Heart of the Alps" route guide in order to give the driver the necessary info in regards to outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing and mountain biking. A production version of the Concept Active Tourer is very unlikely, but expect it to influence the upcoming 1 Series GT that’s due to arrive soon.

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