For those keeping score, this one counts in the win column for BMW's electric-drive vehicles.

The German automaker has revealed details about a concept plug-in hybrid it will debut at the Paris Motor Show next week. The Active Tourer will be what BMW calls a "premium compact" PHEV with a drivetrain similar to the i8 model planned for 2015.

The Active Tourer will check in at about 171 inches long, or about a foot shorter than the current 3-series models. More importantly, the car features a drivetrain that pairs a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine that drives front wheels with an electric motor that moves the rear. Combined, the car will have 190 horsepower, a 0-60 mile per hour acceleration time of about eight seconds and a top speed of about 125 miles per hour. As for fuel economy, BMW says the car will get about 94 miles per gallon on the European driving cycle, which returns higher numbers than the EPA test in the U.S.

When the plug-in hybrid will be available to the public is anyone's guess. In June, Automotive News Europe reported that the i8 would debut sometime in 2014 and would cost about $125,000. That said, reports also came out that month that the automaker may shelve plans for its line of i-branded electric-drive vehicles because of high development costs and perceived lack of demand. BMW had previously said the i3 all-electric would debut next year. More details in BMW's press release below.
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Combines comfort and functionality with dynamic performance and style: the BMW Concept Active Tourer.

Munich. With the new BMW Concept Active Tourer, BMW presents a vehicle at the 2012 Paris Motor Show which is the first in the premium compact segment to combine comfort and space functionality with dynamic performance and style. Annual growth rates of up to five per cent are expected in the small car and compact segment of the premium class in the years to come. For this reason, the BMW Concept Active Tourer is a key component in the ongoing development of the BMW brand and its model portfolio.

As a plug-in hybrid, the BMW Concept Active Tourer also provides a glimpse ahead to future drive variants in automobiles of the compact class. The eDrive concept familiar from the BMW i8 is used here for the first time in a model of the core BMW brand and will in future be the designation for all electric and plug-in hybrid drives. It covers all components of the electric drive, the electric motor developed by BMW, the lithium-ion battery and the intelligent engine control unit.

Excellent combination of sporty aesthetic appeal and comfort.
The new BMW Concept Active Tourer combines compact dimensions
and an attractive, sporty design with hallmark BMW quality. With an exterior length of 4,350 millimetres, a width of 1,834 millimetres and a total height of 1,560 millimetres, the BMW Concept Active Tourer is geared towards customers of the premium segment who appreciate a high level of comfort, a raised seating position and a generous amount of space.
The BMW Concept Active Tourer will also be attractive to families who attach importance to functionality and versatility as well as lifestyle and athletic flair.

A long wheelbase of 2,670 millimetres, a high roof line and a compact transverse engine with front-wheel drive make it possible to create a generously sized interior. The spacious load compartment of the BMW Concept Active Tourer provides fully-fledged everyday suitability since the batteries of the hybrid drive are housed entirely underneath the load floor.

The design: dynamic and compact.
With its harmonious proportions the BMW Concept Active Tourer displays sporty elegance from every angle. It demonstrates how compact dimensions, functionality and versatility can be skilfully combined with a dynamic design. The exclusive exterior paint finish in High Reflection Silver contributes to the refined appearance of the BMW Concept Active Tourer. Meanwhile, interesting touches are provided by the additional applications at the front, side and rear. The surfaces are in high-gloss polish with brushed velvet matt on the undersurface. This subtle shimmering between matt and gloss emphasises the play of light and shadow created by the new exterior paint finish.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer unmistakably retains the characteristically expressive BMW front view. The dominating element here is the distinctive, slightly front-tilted BMW radiator grille. The striking twin headlines with LED positioning lights (eyebrows) stretching far back into the side panels and the multi-faceted front apron combine to reinforce the sporty presence of the BMW Concept Active Tourer. Furthermore, the two large outer air inlets below the headlights emphasise the impression of width created by the front view.

Seen from the side, the elongated silhouette with its suggested wedge shape gives the BMW Concept Active Tourer a dynamic feel even when stationary - something which is unique in the class. Integrated door openers and the strikingly contrasted side sills with their rising shadow line combine with the large 20-inch wheels to give the BMW Concept Active Tourer its sporty, elegant appearance. Short body overhangs at the front and rear and the long wheelbase make for an unusually generously sized interior considering the vehicle's compact exterior dimensions. The raised roof line and large doors at front and rear promise convenient access to all seats.

Meanwhile, the rear section of the BMW Concept Active Tourer is characterised by athletic elegance. Marked, horizontal body lines define the rear view of this compact BMW. The large rear light clusters running well into the side panel highlight the broad wheel arches, visually underscoring the vehicle's solid road-holding. The large tailgate with low load sill and wide opening provides convenient access to the luggage compartment.

The interior: elegant with an unhindered sense of space.
The generously designed interior of the BMW Concept Active Tourer is both transparent and refreshingly new. The open-pore laminated wood milled from a single block provides the visual link between the upper and low decor surfaces of the instrument panel. This creates a very elegant and light overall impression in the front section of the interior. The door trim panels and seats are covered in light, velvety soft full-grain leather and smooth leather, providing a silky, shimmering gloss which emphasises the luxurious, elegant ambience of the interior. There are also orange contrasting seams which underscore the vehicle's sporty character. The BMW Concept Active Tourer offers an entirely new sense of space. The centre console appears to hover between the two front seats with a smooth transition to the dashboard. This arrangement guarantees maximum legroom for both driver and front passenger.

The cockpit with hallmark BMW driver orientation provides optimum accessibility of all the main controls. The circular instruments in Black Panel Technology are within the driver's field of vision, as is the monitor of the central information display. As an optional extra, a full-colour Head-Up-Display appears on a special retracting glass surface between the steering wheel and windscreen - a first in the compact segment. The raised seats in the so-called semi-command position also ensure an excellent
all-round view, rounding off the optimum level of operating convenience and comfort.

"Cool Shade" panorama roof:
changes spatial feel and temperature at the press of a button.
An innovative panorama sunroof creates a unique ambience, extending across the entire roof surface of the BMW Concept Active Tourer. The composite glass roof with innovative Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology means that the desired brightness or temperature effect can be created at the press of an electric button - either being darkened to the level of powerful sunglasses or raised to crystal clear brightness. Occupants can achieve a special lighting effect by manually adding a large-area leaf structure design to the glass roof. Electrical impulses cause the molecular structure of the glass to change at continuously varying levels between light and dark according to preference. The play of light and shadow thus created highlights the sense of space, thereby generating a pleasantly atmospheric lighting effect on all seats.

Travel & Comfort System: generous lightness in the rear section.
Rear passengers likewise enjoy very comfortable seating in the BMW Concept Active Tourer. The generous leg space created by the long wheelbase and slightly raised roof gives passengers plenty of freedom for movement. This also makes it particularly easy to enter and exit the vehicle. The luggage compartment is highly versatile due to the variable rear backrests, which can be split 40 : 20 : 40. A flat load floor can be created by folding down all three backrest sections.

In addition to these variable luggage space expansion options, the BMW Concept Active Tourer offers rear passengers additional intelligent details as part of the Travel & Comfort System. A centrally located vertical metal track is integrated in the back of the front seats. This innovative clip-on track system allows folding tables offering a range of convenient adjustment options to be attached by means of a quick fastener, and additional storage bags can also be suspended. Use of all common models of tablet computer is especially convenient from the rear seats. Tablets can be fixed to the clip-on track system in either portrait or landscape format and used for internet search, games or relaxed movie-viewing at eye level.

New information experience: the multifunctional instrument display.
A particular highlight of the BMW Concept Active Tourer is the multifunction instrument display. Instead of a conventional instrument cluster with four analog circular instruments providing the driver with information on speed, engine speed, fuel level and oil temperature, there is a 10.25-inch integrated screen which makes for a modern display experience.

The familiar look with four circular instruments is still retained, but the use of extended Black Panel Technology gives the drive a whole new range of display options. For example, the screen shows the drive experience modes COMFORT, SPORTand ECO PRO with differing indicators and in distinctive colour schemes, thereby ensuring increased safety and efficiency as well as exemplary driver orientation. As a result, the instrument cluster provides the driver with information which perfectly matches the situation on the road.

"Seismic Surf" app for economical driving made easy.
Rear passengers in the BMW Concept Active Tourer can experience fascinating technology hands-on with the new iPad app "Seismic Surf". "Seismic Surf" creates a game world in real time. It is an exciting ecological racing game which draws on the acceleration figures, engine speed and other data supplied continuously by the BMW Concept Active Tourer. Each real-life driving situation is interpreted and used to generate an infinite variety of new challenges in the computer game.

The aim of the game is to collect as many points as possible along a virtual route and record the most efficient driving style. The driver can directly influence the level of difficulty. Anticipatory driving simplifies the game, while a sporty driving style creates a winding and more difficult virtual route in the game. Only perfect interaction between a fuel-efficient driver and a skilful player at the rear can maximise the point score and achieve a podium position in the BMW games universe.

Head-Up Display with brilliant resolution and a full spectrum of colours.
The BMW Concept Active Tourer is fitted with the latest-generation multicolour Head-Up Display. It projects all important information in brilliant resolution directly into the field of vision of the driver via a retracting glass surface. The intensity of projection automatically adapts to the light available. The day and night design is the same as that of the instrument panel. Depending on the driver's preference, not only the current speed and speed limits can be displayed but also overtaking bans. The driver can also obtain navigation assistance as well as a range of warnings. Because of the large number of driver assistance systems available, the scope of information which can be displayed in the Head-Up Display has reached a level as yet unequalled in this class of vehicle.

Central information display in Black Panel look.
An 8-inch display takes care of the familiar menu guidance and route planning functions in the new navigation system. What is more, the central information display also visualises the current operating state of the hybrid drive. This ensures the driver is constantly informed on deployment of the combustion engine and electric motor and is able to track the energy flow within the system. The power electronics of the hybrid drive is networked with the intelligent Plus navigation system so as to provide maximum efficiency. Based on the data collected such as route profile, speed limits and traffic situation, the vehicle is prepared in advance so as to make the most efficient use of the energy available.

The drive system of the BMW Concept Active Tourer: the future begins.
The drive of the BMW Concept Active Tourer follows the BMW Group's pioneering philosophy of sustainable mobility. The drive technology of all BMW plug-in hybrid models and electrically powered BMW i models bears the designation BMW eDrive, a term which includes all electric drive components.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer has been designed as a so-called plug-in hybrid - ideally combining the benefits of electric drive with those of a classic combustion engine. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV = Plug-in-Hybrid Electric Vehicle) will have a particularly important role to play in future. This is because plug-in hybrid vehicles normally have a range of well over 20 kilometres when run on electricity and can therefore be used efficiently for both short and long trips as well as in mixed mode. In the case of the BMW Concept Active Tourer, a state-of-the-art 1.5-litre petrol engine from the BMW Group Efficient Dynamics family of engines interacts perfectly with a synchronous electric motor.

PHEV: the best of both worlds for impressive performance.
The BMW Concept Active Tourer presents a drive concept which is new to the BMW brand. The 1.5-litre petrol engine does not drive the rear wheels - as has been the case in BMW models to date - but the front wheels. The electric motor of the BMW Concept Active Tourer is designed as a fully-fledged power unit and acts on the rear axle, if necessary powering the car on its own.

With a system output of over 140 kW/190 bhp, the combination of combustion engine and electric motor enables the BMW Concept Active Tourer to achieve highly sporty performance figures while maintaining extremely low fuel consumption and emission levels. The BMW Concept Active Tourer accelerates in less than eight seconds from standing to 100 km/h, while the maximum speed achieved by the dynamic plug-in hybrid is around 200 km/h. In spite of these impressive performance figures, the average fuel consumption is less than 2.5 litres per 100 kilometres, with a CO2 emissions level of less than 60 g/km.

In addition to convincing performance figures, the innovative drive concept also gives the BMW Concept Active Tourer a driving response which is both comfortable and dynamic.

New 1.5-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo engine:
high-performance power unit with hallmark 6-cylinder genes.
The combustion engine of the new BMW Concept Active Tourer is a new cutting-edge 1.5-litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology. Derived from the multiple award-winning 6-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, it combines the latest generation of High Precision Injection with the fully variable valve control system VALVETRONIC and ultra-modern turbocharging. BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology will be used in all power units of the BMW Group's Efficient Dynamics engine family in the future - not least because it does not depend on total capacity or number of cylinders. The new 3-cylinder engine in the BMW Concept Active Tourer is one of the first representatives of this new generation of engines. The compact in-line engine constitutes an exemplary combination of dynamic performance and efficiency.

The new BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder offers character-specific benefits: running smoothness, revving power, spontaneous response and a dynamic, sporty sound. Since there are no first and second-order inertia forces, it offers an especially high level of comfort in terms of noise and vibration. The level of roll torque is lower than that of a 4-cylinder and is compensated for by a single counterbalance shaft. Among other things, this helps keep the engine extremely smooth-running in the low engine speed range, too.

Synchronous electric motor: additional power without emissions.
The synchronous electric motor in the BMW Concept Active Tourer was also developed by the BMW Group. With a fully charged battery, the
BMW Concept Active Tourer has a maximum range of over 30 kilometres when running on electric power alone. This means that the majority of day-to-day trips dispense with local emissions entirely. What is more, the boost function can be applied to use the power provided by the synchronous electric motor for such things as highly dynamic acceleration manoeuvres. In both cases the drive power is made available spontaneously and without delay. The maximum torque of 200 Newton metres is available from standing.
The lithium-ion battery of the BMW Concept Active Tourer can be charged at any 220 volt household power socket. Power can be drawn from both axes of the BMW Concept Active Tourer and fed into the lithium-ion battery so as to enhance the efficiency of the plug-in hybrid. While the electric motor automatically recuperates maximum energy at the rear axle during deceleration, a high-volt generator connected to the combustion engine additionally charges the battery whenever needed.

Hybrid drive with intelligent energy management.
As part of the BMW Group's Efficient Dynamics strategy, the
BMW Concept Active Tourer also features a measures package specially geared towards the plug-in hybrid to increase efficiency. For example, an anticipatory operating strategy optimises the efficiency of the electric motor and the high-performance battery. The system draws on data provided by the navigation system, calculating in advance the most suitable sections of the route and driving situations in which to apply electric drive or charge the battery. This optimised charging strategy saves up to ten per cent of energy so as to extend the amount of travel time during which the vehicle runs on electrical power alone.

Wide portfolio of additional BMW EfficientDynamics measures.
The new BMW Concept Active Tourer naturally includes numerous other features of the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy, too. In the case of the BMW Concept Active Tourer, these are all mainly geared towards maximising the range of the vehicle when running purely on electricity. This involves optimising the energy consumption of the ancillary units. Every kilowatt of stored energy saved is thus instantly available to power the electric motor.
Other BMW EfficientDynamics measures include an automatic engine start/stop system geared especially towards the plug-in hybrid drive and the second generation of air flap control.

ECO PRO as standard further enhances efficiency.
The BMW Concept Active Tourer is fitted with the ECO PRO mode which is also available in current BMW serial production models. This additional method of cutting fuel consumption remains globally unique in the automotive sector to date in this form. At the appropriate opportunities, ECO PRO mode reduces the power of the interior air conditioning and other electrically powered comfort functions, ensuring drive components operate on maximum efficiency according to the current situation on the road.

ECO PRO mode also provides the driver with valuable advice. To this end, this system is linked to the navigation system. Based on the calculated route data and the driver's individual style of driving, ECO PRO mode is able to indicate how to reach a given destination with the lowest level of fuel consumption, for example. The preview assistant gives the driver tips such as "Remove foot from accelerator" if a tight bend or speed limit is approaching which the driver cannot even see yet. The preview assistant can take into account such features as bends, built-up areas, roundabouts, T junctions and motorway exits. At the same time, an anticipatory transmission assistant optimises the electronic transmission control system for imminent situations.
ECO PRO mode can also activate the so-called coasting mode at two levels between 50 and 160 km/h. Here the system completely deactivates the combustion engine at speeds of up to 125 km/h. It also decouples the engine from the drivetrain up to a speed of 160 km/h, allowing comfortable driving while making full use of the kinetic energy already generated.

The BMW Group
The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI, Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 29 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2011, the BMW Group sold about 1.67 million cars and more than 113,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2011 was euro 7.38 billion on revenues amounting to euro 68.82 billion. At 31 December 2011, the BMW Group had a workforce of approximately 100,000 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last eight years.


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      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      OT (Please fix the Tip button!) Here's a Flickr set from the US Archives entitled "Exhibit at the First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development ..., 10/1973" http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/sets/72157622271044015/ "Frank Lodge took these photographs while covering the First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in October 1973. The exhibition featured newly introduced electric cars."
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Letstakeawalk
        Tip button never worked. And credit is never given (silence is their way of saying 'thanks')
          MTN RANGER
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          I give tips all the time and never hear anything from it.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          A long, long time ago, it used to work. I enjoyed providing links to content, and was frequently thanked in the post. Now, not so much.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      Real tires should be: REAR tires.
      MTN RANGER
      • 2 Years Ago
      While this BMW is very similar to the C-Max Energi, I want to see more range. When is a manufacturer going to have the cajones to do a ranger extender/PHEV with Volt-like 35-45 miles?
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MTN RANGER
        Creating the architecture is the main thing. Having got the basic platform, they can increase the battery size at any time, presumably when batteries get cheaper/more compact, or petrol prices rise.
      American Refugee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I doubt you'll have anything like the balance of the Quattro, and I bet that it will be fwd almost all the time. Mind you, there's a place for fwd. That place is not Munich. Also, it looks like a Volvo that shrunk in a washing machine.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      If BMW are not going to produce the i3 and i8, what is supposed to be happening to the output of their carbon fibre production chain set up over 3 continents to supply them?
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        The i3 and the i8 are still slated for production. It was the i1 and the i5 projects that were postponed.
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          BMW will be showing the near-production intent i3 in Paris. "The really interesting news is that this concept is getting close to reality – the BMW i3 is slated for serial production in 2013." http://www.gizmag.com/bmw-13-concept-paris/24156/ The i website no longer includes the i1 or the i5, but the i3 and i8 are still listed. http://www.bmw-i-usa.com/en_us/
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Thanks, LTAW. You are usually well informed. Have you got a source for that, however, as there seem to be many different rumours floating around?
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Sales of the Leaf versus the Volt to my mind lend some credence to the idea that BMW may be realigning it's EV product offerings. This is more or less a Volt with rather lower all electric range and 4WD capability. The ~15 miles that this will get on electric only is not too bad in Europe, as not only are average distances driven per day somewhat shorter than in the US, but 220/240 Volt supplies are standard, and 400 Volt not uncommon. If they put in one of the 22kw charger units now available then not only would it be possible to top up at work from any charge point, but in a trip to the shops etc the car would be fully charged in well under an hour. I don't personally think BMW will discontinue their i3 program, but they may well intend scaling it back from what they first thought, in view of poor electric vehicle sales. This more conventional drive train might fill the gap.
          MTN RANGER
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          The i3 is supposed to have a range extender option. I personally think the i3 may be too small for me, but I can't wait to see the final production car.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          MTN; We don't have the full performance graphs of the i3 yet, but it seems likely that after the battery is depleted you are going to have something more along the lines of limp-home from the small RE. In the Activ Tourer you would have full BMW performance no matter what the journey.
      American Refugee
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it will be a boring jelly bean mom-mobile by day, and a real BMW by night? :) Too bad you can't flip a switch and make it handsome.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      AR: I don't know why you should think that it will not be well balanced. BMW are not usually too bad at that, and batteries in the floor inherently give a low centre of gravity. On top of that the weight distribution with the electric motor in the back should be well nigh perfect, and unlike the Audi's it does not need a transmission tunnel.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      You get some interesting lifetime fuel consumption figures when you stick this sort of relatively low electric mileage plug in together with average consumption over the car lifetime. This sort of car will get around 5,000 miles a year petrol free, assuming it is used most days. New cars very roughly do about 15,000 miles/year in the US, dropping to around 7,000 a year by the time they are venerable 20 year old cars. So the new car saves very roughly a third on the petrol consumption, rising to 2/3rds in old age. It should not be assumed too readily though that doubling the battery size will double the savings. For a start this is clearly not the case in old age, as there are not, on average, another 5,000 miles per year to be saved. Even in new cars though, a considerable portion of the annual distance is likely to be due to the fact that it is possible to jump into a new car with a measure of confidence that it will make it there and back, and in old cars most of us hesitate. The optimum is likely to be an ever-changing figure depending above all on the marginal cost of batteries, but I would put a reasonable figure at not far from the 7,000 a year the car might do when it is 20 years old, so new you get around half your mileage without petrol. At the ~$300kwh that the battery in the Smart costs, that increase in capacity should only cost around $1,000. I can't see how that increase in capacity would not be a good buy, or a good sales point.
        Ford Future
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        Kilometers to miles converts form 30K to 18 miles. And I would suggest that most drivers would do at least 70% of their miles on electricity, with this car. Jumping their savings to higher levels. For you it would get 5000 miles gas free, for other it would be 10,000. But, yes, as batteries improve this design could improve as well, evolving into a full EV for almost all drivers.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          I prefer conservative figures, and I specifically referenced this to US driving. Since the mileage figures are on the European cycle which is more lenient than that used in the US, I believe 15 mile a day is fair. In addition cars are not used 365 days a year, on average, and you only get the electric mileage for the first few miles, not on runs. I am not sure how you manage to get 10,000 petrol free mileage on any reckon, without charging more than once a day, as 30km is actually 18.6 miles, which is 6,789 miles a year at most, so without double charging many days and using it every single day of the year you are never going to do that petrol free.
          Ford Future
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          Yes, to double your estimate, there would have to be work charging. You, sir, are correct, 365 * 18 = 6,570 would be Best Case, without work charging.
      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's an SUV replacement, a BMW SUV replacement.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        ? It's a fraction of the size of an SUV, or the X5 and even smaller than the X3. It just sits fairly high because it has batteries in the base.
      DaveMart
      • 2 Years Ago
      ' With a fully charged battery, the BMW Concept Active Tourer has a maximum range of over 30 kilometres when running on electric power alone.' (PR)
      American Refugee
      • 2 Years Ago
      A front-wheel-drive BMW crossover that looks like a Hyundai. Gah! You're doing it wrong!
        Ford Future
        • 2 Years Ago
        @American Refugee
        It looks great, and has great versatility. This should sell well, especially for business.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @American Refugee
        When you put the pedal to the metal on this, the electric motor will kick in and you will have AWD, Think in terms of Audi Quattro type handling.
          Ford Future
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          It's not just a hybrid, it's a Plug-In hybrid, therefore, it will have an all-electric range. So, the Real Tires will be giving it it's main propulsion, as it should. On the highway, at higher speed the fronts could power the vehicle, or after the battery is depleted.
      PeterScott
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks nicer than their 1 series hatchback.
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