Thursday, 11 July 2013


BMW’s rather interesting Concept Active Tourer from the 2012 Paris International Motor Show has spawned a partner. The Concept Active Tourer Outdoor, pictured above and detailed below, is something for the lifestyle geeks whose lives are spent mostly outdoors, but not necessarily in the thicker bush side of things.

The vehicle, just like its original form, runs on a 1.5-litre turbo engine with hybrid underpinnings. An electric motor co-powers it using a pack of lithium-ion batteries. It can go for up to 30km on electricity alone (without using the turbo engine), thus vastly increasing the fuel tank range. Power is a total of 140kW and it may just sprint from 0 – 100km/h in about 8 seconds.

The Concept Active Tourer is 4.3 metres long, 1.8m wide, 1.6m high and has a wheelbase of some 2.7m. Since it's for outdoor life, many aspects are optimised for such, like a bespoke bike carrier for two, and a raised suspension. BMW has not confirmed production of the vehicle, but we strongly suspect that it will at least produce the normal Active Tourer in order to attack the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. And because BMW and Toyota have a certain agreement regarding specific products, the car may well get a Toyota hybrid engine in the end.

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