BMW Plug-In Ready for NY Show
BMW will pull the curtain on its Concept Active Tourer hybrid plug-in at the upcoming New York Auto Show. The 3-cylinder hybrid joins two other BMW vehicles that will be front and center at the New York event, namely the GT and the 328d diesel, which will be making its world debut at the show. The automaker’s 3 Series family includes several compact cars in its lineup. The 328d joins two other fresh faces, a hatchback and a wagon, in the 3 Series category. The New York International Auto Show runs from Mar. 29 through April 7.
See the short video clip above for some up-close photos of the BMW Concept Active Tourer, from its recent display duties at the Paris Auto Show. Looking somewhat similar to the automaker’s SUVs in design, the entire look is more akin to the BMW 3 Series cars. The front-wheel-drive Active Tourer reaches 62 mph in less than eight seconds and features a 190-horsepower engine system with a top speed of 124 mph. Early reports indicate that the hybrid Tourer will achieve a 94 mpg rating.
Since 2004, the 1 Series has been BMW’s smallest vehicle, while the company’s largest cars are the 7 Series models. According to a long-standing BMW engineering tradition, the automaker uses the 7 Series to introduce new features and technological components. Hydrogen power and the iDrive system found their way into the BMW family via the 7 Series lineup.
BMW began producing motorcycles in the early 1920s. It wasn’t until the end of that decade, in 1929, that the company ventured into the automotive manufacturing business, offering its first car, the Dixi, a reworked British Austin that BMW had licensed.
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