BMW Concept Active Tourer was revealed at the Paris Motor Show last year, and previews BMW’s first front-wheel drive car. Now there’s a new version of the concept that is a step closer to the production car that will arrive in the second half of 2014.
The finished model is likely to use the new 2 Series
badge, possibly 2 Series GT, when it arrives first as a five-seater,
then as a longer seven-seater model. But the new show car is called the
Concept Active Tourer Outdoor, and will debut at the OutDoor
Freidrichshafen fair in Germany this month.
The new concept is designed to show-off how spacious the car is, so
it’s been fitted with a special bike rack, which allows two road bikes
to be transported inside the car. This keeps them clean and reduces any
extra drag caused by using a rack on the roof or mounted to a towbar and
therefore increases fuel efficiency.
The rack includes a clamp that is integrated above the left rear
wheelarch. This slides out, and then turns by 90 degrees, allowing the
bikes to be secured in place. It also holds the bikes at a decent level
for maintenance, although the clamp only holds the bikes with their
chainsets towards the car, preventing you from reaching them.
With the 40:20:40-split rear seats folded flat, the bikes can then be
turned and reversed backwards into the car. The bike’s front wheels
have to be removed and clipped to a brace that hinges up from the rear
seats, and the saddles fit in a small underfloor storage area.
The storage area also houses charging cables for the smartphones
mounted on the bike’s handlebars. As part of BMW’s ConnectedDrive,
routes can be sent to the sat-nav that include both the part to be
driven and the part undertaken by pedal power. For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express