BMW’s new concept PHEV, which it will be presenting at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, incorporates a number of new high-tech features. The Active Tourer is designed to combine sporty aesthetics and plenty of interior space – the batteries of the hybrid drive are housed entirely underneath the floor.
In a new drive concept for BMW, the gas engine drives the front wheels, and the electric motor acts on the rear axle. With a combined output of over 140 kW (190 bhp), the Active Tourer can do 100 kph in less than eight seconds, and has a maximum speed of around 200 kph.
The compact 3 cylinder, 1.5 liter gas engine represents a new generation of engines, featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, which the company says offers “running smoothness, revving power, spontaneous response and a dynamic, sporty sound.” The level of roll torque is lower than that of a 4-cylinder, which BMW says helps keep the engine smooth-running in the low engine speed range, and offers lower levels of noise and vibration.
The BMW-developed synchronous electric motor has a maximum torque of 200 N-m. Electric-only range is over 30 km. The lithium-ion battery can be charged from a 220 V household circuit.
The Active Tourer incorporates several innovative measures designed to increase efficiency. An “anticipatory operating strategy” draws on data provided by the navigation system to calculate in advance the most suitable driving situations in which to apply electric drive or charge the battery. ECO PRO mode reduces the power of the AC and other functions for maximum efficiency, according to road conditions. It also coaches the driver on how to drive efficiently, and can activate a “coasting mode,” deactivating the gas engine at speeds of up to 125 km/h.