2014 BMW 1-Series GT ActiveHybrid Tourer spy shots
While BMW's naming plans for its new front-drive line of cars remains officially undisclosed, it's expected that the new, most compact BMWs will grab the 1-Series badge, with the current 1-Series Coupe and Convertible evolving into a 2-Series.
But it's not the name that's important, it's the car itself, and what's under the skin. In the case of this 1-Series GT ActiveHybrid Tourer, a hybrid drivetrain powering the front wheels, perhaps not unlike that of the Concept Active Tourer shown at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
The Concept Active Tourer's powertrain consisted of a total of 190 horsepower, the majority of that coming from a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. A plug-in hybrid drivetrain supplements the drive, helping the compact luxury hybrid get to 60 mph in less than 8 seconds and on to a top speed of 124 mph--while attaining a BMW-claimed 94 mpg. Up to 18 miles of all-electric driving is possible, too.
The new hybrid drivetrain could be some of the first fruit of the BMW-PSA Peugeot Citroen partnership, which was first announced in 2010 but since concluded now that BMW is in a hybrid alliance with Toyota.
The 1-Series GT ActiveHybrid Tourer spied in these images looks to share some of the proportions of the Concept Active Tourer, though the front and rear of the cars spied feature heavy camouflage that makes distinguishing details impossible.
We expect the car to make its official debut in late 2013 with sales beginning in Europe sometime in 2014. Don't hold your breath waiting to see it land in U.S. showrooms, however.