BMW has revealed a new small concept this week, offering what could be the first undisguised look at the so-called 1 Series GT.
Dubbed Active Tourer, the 'concept' is likely a thinly-veiled preview of a new production model, following in the footsteps of the Gran Coupe concept that became the third model in the new 6 Series line-up.
The new model has already been spotted in various mule and prototype bodies, the most recent test cars decked out in heavy camouflage - likely disguising the Active Tourer hatch that we see here.
How does this concept shape up against the new 1 Series? It's a good bit larger all-round, coming closer to the size of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class (which sits above the new 1 Series-rivalling A-Class).
BMW says the Active Tourer is 4350mm long, 1834mm wide and 1560mm tall, making it 26mm longer, 69mm wider and a whopping 139mm taller than the 1 Series.
The concept's wheelbase is shorter however, coming in at 2670mm to the 1 Series' 2690mm.
By comparison, the new B-Class is 4359mm long, 1786mm wide and 1557mm tall, riding on a 2700mm wheelbase.
Power for the Active Tourer is provided by BMW's new 1.5 litre three-cylinder petrol engine, mated to an electric motor that can, if necessary, drive the hatch on its own.
While the petrol engine sends power to the front wheels, the electric motor drives the rear axle, offering extra power and all-wheel-drive grip when needed.
Combined system output is listed at 140kW, and BMW promises a 0-100km/h time under eight seconds, with a top speed around the 200km/h mark.
BMW says the plug-in hybrid system gives the Active Tourer a fuel consumption figure of "less than" 2.5 l/100km.
Whether the production model will debut with this plug-in hybrid drivetrain remains to be seen - BMW could instead plant it in the i range and focus on petrol and diesel options for the regular model.
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