I’m sure most of you caught on right about now that the news reel is picking up quite a bit to help build anticipation for the 2012 Paris Auto Show. And here is another catch as BMW has just released photos of its latest Concept Active Tourer, which serves as a precursor to the next generation front-wheel driven BMW 1-Series (it makes me cringe to type that).
BMW’s radical and latest design language has been very visible in the latest Concept Active Tourer and to be honest, it’s not a terrible looking thing—it’s far better than that gawky 1-Series that’s on sale in Europe at the current moment.
And the same language carries inside. You can definitely tell that BMW’s i3 electric city car has had its influence on the Concept Active Tourer. However, the interior and exterior design are both much more conventional. BMW’s traditional amber-red ambient lighting and trimming festoons the cabin all around in limo-like fashion. BMW originally chose such a color because extensive studies have shown that amber-red lighting is the least intrusive to the eyes at night.
This time, unlike the BMW 3-Series we tested, the protruding iDrive screen is retractable and can automatically adjust to its ambient lightning. The seats receive a bucket load of soft-grain leather with contrasting orange stitching and wicked LED piping.
Considering how BMW will be producing the radical i3 and i8 cars, it’s not unreasonable to suspect that the interior for this up and coming 1-Series will be nearly identical. And that’s because the i3 and i8 are going to be nearly identical to their Concepts, minus some changes to the doors and exterior indicators.
– By: Chris Chin