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TMR Team | Jun, 25 2013 | 3 Comments

BMW will unveil an outdoorsy new concept in Germany next month, based on the Active Tourer hatch revealed in September last year.

Developed specifically "to meet the neeeds of outdoor and leisure oriented" owners, the new concept will be known as the Active Tourer Outdoor.

The carmaker has revealed little else, but connecting the dots is no challenge: while the Active Tourer is believed to preview the upcoming 1 Series GT, this new Outdoor concept suggests a high-riding crossover version may follow.

Styling for the Outdoor concept will likely build on the design of the Active Tourer, adding the usual assortment of rugged-look features: hard-wearing guards and bumpers, raised suspension and a durable interior trim.

While the 1 Series GT will be BMW's first front-wheel-drive offering, the coming concept could also debut a new all-wheel-drive option - possibly taken from beneath MINI's ALL4 models.

More than a few existing crossovers are available in front-wheel-drive form only, however.

Further details are still to be revealed, but there's plenty to know about the earlier Active Tourer concept.

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, Mercedes' 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.

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