BMW Concept Active Tourer extends automaker’s eco-friendly vehicle line

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BMW unleashed a flurry of new models and concepts at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. And although a few weeks have passed since the event, the German automaker is still a talking point amongst car enthusiasts worldwide.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer saw its premiere in Paris. The new vehicle boasts a 1.5 litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor. It also features a raised seating position, ample space for driver and passengers and the flexibly extendable luggage compartment. Observers are calling these the defining aspects of the vehicle’s interior. BMW says its Concept Active Tourer combines functionality with excellent ride comfort, all within the high-quality ambience of a premium automobile.

And if that’s not enough to get your engine revving, the vehicle performs 0 to 100 mph in just eight seconds, with a top speed of 120 mph. In terms of gas efficiency, the vehicle has an average fuel consumption of less than 2.5 litres per 100 kilometres and a CO2 emissions level of under 60 grams per kilometre. The lithium-ion battery of this plug-in hybrid automobile can be charged at a conventional mains socket. Its capacity allows ranges of over 30 kilometres when operated on electric power alone.

Meanwhile, BMW‘s intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive saw its premiere in the BMW 1 Series. This system, which distributes drive torque variably between the front and rear axle, is now available for the compact model for the first time. Two models have been presented for the market launch: the 120d xDrive and the 
BMW M 135i xDrive (below).

BMW 1 series −3 door

The new diesel entry-level model BMW 114d also debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Its 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology has an output of 70 kW/95 bhp, achieving an average fuel consumption of 4.1 to 4.3 litres per 100 kilometres. This means that there are now five petrol engines and six diesel engines to choose from for the new 5-door BMW 1 Series and the new 3-door BMW 1 Series. The automaker says these models combine “hallmark brand driving pleasure with exemplary efficiency.”

bmw diesel 114d

The BMW i3 is also generating talk because it’s expected to usher in a new era of automobile construction. The automaker says that’s not only due to its purely electric drive and a passenger cell made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic — but also because its interior design is consistently geared towards sustainability. BMW says the new version of the BMW i3 Concept presented in Paris clearly reflects this. For example, the eucalyptus wood used for the instrument panel comes from a sustainable cultivation source in Europe and is treated exclusively with natural substances. The high-quality leather of the seats has a fine surface consistency achieved by processing tanning agents gained from olive leaves. What is more, parts of the instrument cluster and door trim are made of natural wool fabric.

BMW i3

Perhaps one of the most anticipated models in the BMW family was the 7 Series, with its trademark motto: More ride comfort, more efficiency, more innovations. The flagship of the BMW model range was presented with a selectively modified exterior and interior design. The most striking new visual feature was the optional full LED headlights on each side of the radiator grille, which has also been discreetly revised. In the interior, the travelling experience is further enhanced with the use of new materials and optimized acoustic comfort. The multifunctional instrument display, the three-dimensional graphics of the Control Display and the Bang & Olufsen high-end surround sound system are some of the other features which provide intensified driving pleasure.

BMW 7 series

BMW says the luxury sedan also sees significant advances in terms of drive technology. All models are now fitted with an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard, and the fuel consumption and exhaust emissions of the new BMW 7 Series have been reduced by up to 25 percent, depending on the engine variant.

The automatic engine start/stop function, brake energy regeneration and the second generation of the driving experience switch with ECO PRO mode and coasting function are all features which offer additional savings potential.

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