BMW is quite busy these days working on new and evolutionary technologies that would bring about a lot of high-efficient models in terms of fuel consumption. It is about the manufacturing of the BMW i8 and BMW 5-Series GT prototypes, that would receive the hydrogen fuel cell technology, in a strong partnership with Toyota.
But apart the hydrogen fuel cell technology prototypes, the BMW is also working on the next-gen BMW 2-Series Active Tourer PHEV, BMW`s first PHEV to come with a front/transverse-mounted combustion unit.
We are looking here about the 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol burner, sending 136 horsepower to the front wheels, and hooked to an electric motor with additional 87 horsepower, which sends the power to the rear. The entire hybrid powertrain is backed by a high-voltage generator at the front axle, which carries out three tasks.
First, the high-voltage generator increases the power of the model for short periods of time, delivering outputs up to 20 horsepower and 150 Nm of torque. Second, it provides electric power while the car is on the move and also allows a smoother engine start and stop, due to the higher output it has as opposed to a key starter.
Thanks to the impressive PHEV technology, the future BMW 2-Series Active Tourer will be able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and will consume only 2 liters for every 100 km. The CO2 emissions will favor the PHEV Active Tourer, meaning just 117.6 mpg in the US, or 141.2 mpg in the UK. The prototype will also come with a 28 km mile range.