BMW to debut plug-in hybrid concept and at New York Auto Show

BMW Concept Active Tourer

The Concept Active Tourer might look like BMW designers simply took the Volkswagen Golf and made it slightly more minivan-ish. But it’s more than that.

This glimpse into what the next front-wheel drive 1 Series could look like isn’t just a VW rip-off; it’s also a plug-in hybrid.

Set to debut at this month’s New York Auto Show, the Concept Active Tourer shows where BMW might be headed in terms of exterior design and also alternative drivetrain technology.

Powered by a three-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an electric motor, the Concept Active Tourer will achieve 95 miles-per-gallon. For more detailed figures, we’ll have to wait for the full unveil in a few weeks at the show. Digital Trends staff will be in attendance.

BMW 328d

Also slated for an NYC reveal is the diesel-powered 328d, which will make its U.S. debut.

The 328d is powered by a 2.0-liter twin turbocharged diesel engine that produces 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. While that power output might not seem mighty, it’s enough to push the mid-size luxury sedan to 60 miles-per-hour from a dead standstill in 7.2 seconds.

BMW brags the 328d could also achieve well above 40 mpg, though official EPA fuel-economy estimates are not yet in.

Both these BMWs prove the brand is seriously looking forward to more fuel-efficient, eco-friendly models. For that, we applaud them.