- The BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor, a plug-in hybrid that has a carrier system for two bicycles integrated into the interior, has debuted.
- The concept features a Gold Race Orange exterior paint treatment.
- BMW says the concept "offers a preview of drive variants that promise to feature in compact-class vehicles in the future."
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany — The BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor, a plug-in hybrid that has a carrier system for two bicycles integrated into the interior, has debuted.
The concept, which bowed at the OutDoor trade fair here, features a Gold Race Orange exterior paint treatment. It is the second version of the BMW Concept Active Tourer, a plug-in hybrid aimed at the premium compact segment. The original concept debuted at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
The powertrain in this latest version bundles a 1.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. Total output is 190 horsepower.
BMW says the concept "offers a preview of drive variants that promise to feature in compact-class vehicles in the future."
The German automaker suggests that the Concept Active Tourer Outdoor may be a good solution for commuters in crowded cities, since they can drive the vehicle to the outside of the city center and then continue their journey by bike.
BMW says the unusual bike carrier system keeps equipment clean and dry and prevents theft and damage.
"When not in use, the carrier system disappears away into the side structure of the car or the load compartment floor, without restricting interior space," said BMW.
The carrier system consists of a rail system with a pivoting bracket. The bikes' seats and front wheels must be detached before they can be stowed in the vehicle. A compartment in the rear provides stowage for bike seats and other small equipment.
Matt Russell, a BMW spokesman, told Edmunds on Thursday that it is "too early to tell" whether the carrier system will be offered in a production vehicle.
"It's just a concept at this point," he said.
Edmunds says: BMW will be watching the reaction of biking enthusiasts as it mulls whether or not to offer the carrier setup as an option.