It's been over a year since BMW unveiled the Concept Active Tourer at the Paris Motor Show, and another four months since it brought the concept back in Outdoor guise (pictured above). Now word has it that the Bavarian automaker is putting it into production.

Although production specs and dimensions have yet to be revealed, the Concept Active Tourer came in a bit smaller than the existing BMW X1. The production version is expected to be based on the same platform that underpins the new Mini hatchback revealed last week in LA, meaning that it will be predominantly front-drive, but an all-wheel-drive version could follow.

There will also be a longer version with a third row of seats, forming part of a new generation of front-drive BMWs to take on the likes of the Audi A1 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class family, of which the GLA will be the Active Tourer's most direct rival. Expect the Active Tourer to arrive in 2015 with a new front-drive sedan to follow in 2017 aimed particularly at the North American and Chinese markets.


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      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, BMW already has the X1, X4, X3, X5, X6, 1 Series 3-door, 1-Series 5-door, 3-series Touring, 3-Series GT, 5 Series Touring, 5 Series GT (I'm must be missing some) so it needs this new wagon/crossover/hatchback thingy why, exactly? What market niche is left that they haven't already filled (twice).
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was wondering how long it would be before BMW started sharing the Mini platforms. Jump to 5 years from now and you have to wonder if people will be doing the Ford/Lincoln complaint about Mini/BMW. This concept actually looks better than most of the stuff BMW is currently churning out. I sat in the 3 Series GT and a 3 Series diesel wagon lately. Both were optioned over $50k. Both were very unimpressive for that coin. As BMW introduces these $30k FWD competitors I wonder if it will really help bolster the brand with more entry level buyers or dilute it.
        rtkewley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        To your last comment - my guess would be "both".
      piggybox
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volvo, time to bring V40 to US
      e46mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      And downward spiral in Munich continues...
      Skye Barcus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Best looking BMW I've seen in years! Makes most of the other ones for clunky as hell.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Felspawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what the i3 should have looked like
      rtkewley
      • 1 Year Ago
      Watching BMW slowly circle the drain is starting to become almost tragic...
      Miguro Takahashi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like it's going to be a plug in hybrid. Definitely BMW's version of the Prius. Looks like the collaboration with Toyota is making sense after all.
      56Jalopy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see Buick suing them for the grill, just as ugly on a BMW as a Buick.
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW used to mean something. It's now all lost.
      Johan
      • 1 Year Ago
      That looks awesome. 30K and I'll buy one. Better yet, make this an electric model and I'll buy one!
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