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BMW Serves Up X2 Concept, New Gran Turismo, i3 in Paris

Maker's X2 concept mixes urban flair with functionality.

by on Sep.29, 2016

BMW put its X2 Concept, where urban chic and functionality meet, on display at the Paris Motor Show.

BMW hit this year’s Paris Motor Show with a trio of vehicles aimed at showing that good things come in small packages: the Concept X2, 3 Series Gran Turismo and new i3 electric vehicle.

The Concept X2 is a compact concept aimed to offer a sporty, urban alternative to the German maker’s X line-up of utility vehicles, or as they call them SAVs: sport activity vehicles.

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It certainly does stand apart with large wheels but the familiar “two-box design” reminds that this is a “functional” vehicle, like its X siblings. (more…)

BMW Concept M4 to Make Pebble Beach Debut

Maker confirms plans as images leak out on Internet.

by on Aug.15, 2013

BMW planned to reveal is Concept M4 on Friday, but images like this one forced the maker's hand.

BMW is reluctantly confirming it will reveal the new Concept M4 in Pebble Beach this week, part of the frenzied run-up to the annual Concours d’Elegance many makers are using to introduce their latest luxury models.

The German maker had hopes to keep things secret until a dramatic unveiling on Friday at the Quail Motorsports Gathering, an event that precedes the yearly Pebble Beach Concours, but images and details have begun leaking out on the Internet.

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“The BMW Concept M4 Coupe reflects the BMW M philosophy in ideal form: It combines motor racing genes and unrestricted everyday suitability in a highly emotional overall concept,” said Friedrich Nitschke, chairman of BMW’s managing board, in a statement. (more…)

First Look: BMW Active Tourer Concept

A step closer to production for the i3 battery car?

by on Sep.14, 2012

The BMW Active Tourer Concept will makes its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

With the debut of the new BMW Active Tourer Concept at this month’s Paris Motor Show we’ll come a giant step closer to learning what to expect when the Bavarian maker launches its all-new battery-car brand next year.

Though still a concept, the Active Tourer is a much closer take on the little i3 city car that will be the first offering from the new BMW i brand-within-a-brand. It will be followed soon after by the more sporty i8 – with several other electrified vehicles reportedly in the works.

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Roughly the length of the latest BMW 1-Series, at 171 inches, nose-to-tail, and with a 105-inch wheelbase, the Active Tourer Concept also borrows some of the design features of the latest 3-Series sedan – notably the nose, with its slightly tilted double-kidney grille framed by twin headlamps topped by LED running lights. But the overall shape is more crossover-like, standing a full five inches taller than the 1-Series and four inches wider.

The Active Tourer Concept makes use of BMW's latest eDrive plug-in hybrid system.