Highly likely to wear the 1 Series GT name when it swings into production, the plug-in hybrid CAT takes many styling cues from the BMW range, with the face reminiscent of an F30 3 Series and the deep, muscular swage lines and rear lights similar to those of the F10 5 Series. Other notable elements include a front-tilting, chrome grille, LED headlights, large chrome-trimmed air inlets, 20-inch wheels and “Cool Shade” panorama composite glass roof that utilizes Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology, allowing the occupants to control the amount of light into the cabin.
Interior features include soft full-grain leather trim with orange seams and laminated wood trim elements. There’s an optional full-colour Head-Up-Display which appears on a retractable glass section, but the main focal point is multifunction instrument display which uses a 10.25-inch integrated screen to keep the driver informed of such necessities as speed, engine revs, fuel level and oil temperature. The 8-inch display takes care of route planning functions navigation.
With an exterior length of 4,350 mm, it’s virtually identical to the F20 1 Series, but its width of 1,834 mm and height of 1,560 mm are more akin to the dimensions of the E84 X1.
Beneath the CAT’s skin lies the latest BMW eDrive system; a combination of 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder with a lithium-ion-powered electric motor. With a total output of 140 kW (187 hp) and 200 Nm driving the front wheels, the Concept Active Tourer can hit 100 km/h in under 8 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 km/h. Emissions of under 60 g/km of CO2 are achievable with a consumption figure of just 2.5 litres every 100 kilometres equally impressive.