BMW unveiled today the new Concept Active Tourer Outdoor, a new version of the Active Tourer Concept shown back in September at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The new concept car from Bmw promises to combine sporting aesthetics and style with sustainable drive technology, offering all-round everyday usability and sufficient space for outdoor sports equipment.
The Concept Active Tourer Outdoor has a length of 4,350 mm, a width of 1,833 mm and a height of 1,576 mm, as well as a long wheelbase measuring 2,670 mm. In terms of design, the concept comes with an exclusive Gold Race Orange exterior paintwork, eye-catching orange accent strips for two of the grille bars, twin headlights with LED lights, 20-inch wheels partly painted in Gold Race Orange, large rear lights and stylish exhaust tailpipes integrated in the rear apron.
Inside, we find a centre console that appears to be floating between the front seats and flows smoothly into the instrument panel, Alu Mesh MoonGrey trim surface made from aluminum-fronted material, MoonWhite leather and Gold Race leather accent surfaces for the door trim. According to Bmw, the Concept Active Tourer Outdoor was designed as a plug-in hybrid (PHEV = Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle).
Under the hood, there is a 1.5-liter transversely-mounted gasoline engine that delivers the power to the front wheels. With a total power output of 190 hp (140 kW), the concept car has a fuel consumption of 2.5 liters/100 km or 94 mpg US. Still, the Active Tourer Outdoor can act as an electric car for 20-30 km (12-19 miles). Regarding the performances, the concept is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8 seconds and has a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph).
The BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor boasts of a higher level of functionality thanks to a level load compartment floor when the rear seats are folded down. The vehicle features a carrier system mounted against the left side of the boot area that includes a rail system with a pivoting bracket. BMW fitted the rail with two mounts that hold the top tube of each bicycle in place. To secure the bikes, their saddles must be first removed and front wheels detached – a process that could take a few seconds. The wheels could be stowed in a separate holder that has been integrated into the right-hand rear backrest. The holder could be folded out when needed.
To properly secure the bikes, a user just needs to open the pivot bracket and slide it out from the inside on the rail. Then, the bikes have to be placed on the carrier transversely to the direction of travel. Once the bracket is closed, the user could just push the bikes into their resting position inside the vehicle. Interestingly, the user-friendly pivoting mechanism of the carrier system – its transverse rest position in particular – allows the user to do assembly and maintenance jobs at an easier pace.
Moreover, the storage compartment – located recessed into the center of the load area floor – provides ample room for other loads like tools, small parts and even bike saddles. Likewise, the pull-out cover could be employed as a seat or step.
On the other hand, all important controls in the cockpit of the BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor are within the reach of the driver. Moreover, the cockpit features a new multifunction instrument display with extended black panel technology.