Spied: BMW 1 Series GT / Active Tourer Test Mule Spotted

by Tim Jones on December 10, 2012, 6:08 pm
BMW 1 series Gran Turismo

The BMW 1 Series Gran Turismo, a gas powered variant of the recently revealed BMW Active Tourer concept has been spied testing around Munich. The concept Active Tourer shown off at the Paris Motor Show is a hybrid drive with a 3 cylinder gas engine and an electric motor and battery pack. This variant, rumored to wear the 1 Series Gran Turismo name plate is gas powered, likely a 4 cylinder N26 variant.

This test mule running around Bavaria shows that BMW is serious about bringing the 1 Series GT and the Active Tourer to market. Good news for those that are excited about the expanded product line from BMW. What do you think of this 1 series sized wagon, SUV crossover? Which drive train format would you get it in?

Gasoline powered 1 series GT


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9 responses to Spied: BMW 1 Series GT / Active Tourer Test Mule Spotted

Gluhwein commented:
December 10, 2012, 8:05 pm

EEEk!
Mr.750 commented:
December 11, 2012, 12:37 am

That thing is going to be one ugly looking car...
dthompson commented:
December 11, 2012, 11:29 am

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Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
BMW 1 series Gran Turismo

The BMW 1 Series Gran Turismo, a gas powered variant of the recently revealed BMW Active Tourer concept has been spied testing around Munich. The concept Active Tourer shown off at the Paris Motor Show is a hybrid drive with a 3 cylinder gas engine and an electric motor and battery pack. This variant, rumored to wear the 1 Series Gran Turismo name plate is gas powered, likely a 4 cylinder N26 variant.

This test mule running around Bavaria shows that BMW is serious about bringing the 1 Series GT and the Active Tourer to market. Good news for those that are excited about the expanded product line from BMW. What do you think of this 1 series sized wagon, SUV crossover? Which drive train format would you get it in?

Gasoline powered 1 series GT
I like it. Looks like a bunch of other European cars. I'd take it with the 2.0 diesel.
Q. Senna commented:
December 11, 2012, 1:31 pm

Why can't we just have the 1 Series hatch...
sd330Ci commented:
December 11, 2012, 8:13 pm

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Originally Posted by Q. Senna View Post
Why can't we just have the 1 Series hatch...
That would be too easy ;-)
Gluhwein commented:
December 11, 2012, 9:25 pm

Looks like a fat Toyota Matrix.
kosmo commented:
December 15, 2012, 10:34 am

I will echo "Why can't we just have the 1 Series hatch? Five doors, please.

I-6, normally aspirated, please.

6-speed MT, please. AT possibly acceptable, but 6 gears is still plenty for me.

I would put down a deposit tomorrow. Of course, that's easy to say, since I'm sure we have seen the last of the normally aspirated inline 6 cylinder.
tim330i commented:
December 15, 2012, 11:05 am

If you haven't driven the new 8 speed auto you really have to give it a try, it makes the 6 gear autobox seems really chunky.

Don't expect any NA engines come from BMW in new models, the era of NA engines is basically over.

Tim
kosmo commented:
December 15, 2012, 2:23 pm

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Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
If you haven't driven the new 8 speed auto you really have to give it a try, it makes the 6 gear autobox seems really chunky.

Don't expect any NA engines come from BMW in new models, the era of NA engines is basically over.

Tim
I've test driven the 8-speed three times, and found it annoyingly busy each time. It may also have been partially due to the power characteristics of the T4 engine.

Somehow MB makes due with the NA 3.5 V6 mated with a 7 speed auto. A friend has a GLK350, and while not my favorite little SUV, it is a sweetheart of a powertrain -- with an admitted highway mileage penalty compared to the new BMW T4.