In less than a month, BMW will unveil a new concept at the 2012 Paris Auto Show: BMW Concept Active Tourer. The compact concept is the first BMW to use a front-wheel drive platform and when it comes in production it is rumored to carry the 1 Series GT badge. First launched in the super compact model, the front-wheel drive architecture is expected to make its way into the 1 Series family when the next generation hits the market in 2019.
A latest rendering from Autobild offers a closer look at the design of the Concept Active Tourer and with just days ahead of its unveiling, we believe that the rendering is fairly close to the actual design.
The FWD concept comes equipped with a three cylinder engine, part of a new family of turbocharged engines that we dubbed “baby-six”. The 1.5 liter three cylinder TwinPower turbochaged engines can produce up to 180 horsepower, but it’s expected to output even more power in the future. The new small petrol engine shares its 500cc individual cylinder capacity and other key elements with BMW’s classic 3.0-liter straight six petrol unit.
BMW will offer the 1 Series GT with a wide range of features and gadgetry, from the iDrive system with 8.2 inch display to numerous assistance systems and ConnectedDrive.
The 1 Series GT will officially debut in 2014 to compete with similar offerings from Audi, Mercedes and even Volkswagen.