BMW to intoduce Concept Active Tourer at New York Auto Show

BMW plans to debut its plug-in hybrid Concept Active Tourer for the first time in North America at the 2013 New York Auto Show on March 27.

“Offering a glimpse of further innovations in store for the premium compact segment, BMW introduces the Concept Active Tourer – a new plug-in hybrid concept which combines comfort and functionality with dynamics and style while showcasing several innovative solutions.  Featuring an elongated wedge-shaped silhouette, athletic proportions and typical BMW lines, this concept car features a 3-cylinder gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor which allows for nearly 95 mpg.  The Concept Active Tourer will also feature a “Cool Shade” composite glass roof which uses “Suspended Particle Device” technology allowing the driver to make the roof crystal clear or darken with the touch of a button.”

The BMW Concept Active Tourer is part of the BMW 1 series lineup, but it would have front wheel drive rather than the rear wheel drive of the rest of the lineup. The gasoline engine is a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder, and the Concept Active Tourer is capable of operating in electric-only mode for 18 to 20 miles.

BMW says there is no current plan to produce this concept.