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Three-Row BMW 1 Series Active Tourer Prototype Spied

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/20/2013 Jason Udy

An extended-length BMW 1 Series Active Tourer prototype has been spotted at a BMW test facility. The three-row BMW 1 Series Active Tourer extended prototype is a lengthened version of the two-row Active Tourer concept shown at the 2012 Paris auto show. We've seen a regular-length prototype before, but now we have a good look at a larger variant.

While the camouflaged prototype appears to share many of the same proportions as the concept car, longer rear doors and a longer rear overhang suggest the prototype has been lengthened to accommodate a third row of seats. The 1 Series Active Tourer / 1 Series GT (the official production name has not yet been confirmed) will ride on the automaker's new front-drive architecture set to underpin the European-market 1 Series hatchback and future Mini models.

Though the Active Tourer concept was powered by a gas-hybrid plug-in powertrain featuring a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and a rear-axle-mounted electric motor, we expect the production BMW to offer a gas-only turbocharged I-3 engine as well as an available turbocharged four-cylinder engine. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The production version of the five-passenger BMW Active Tourer concept is expected to debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September, with the seven-seat model expected to be revealed about six months after that. While BMW hasn’t said whether either version will be sold in the U.S., expect at least one of the efficient, front-drive people-movers to reach our shores.

Should a front- or all-wheel-drive BMW 1 Series Active Tourer production car come to the U.S.? Share your thoughts below.

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The three-row BMW is shown below with a two-row BMW prototype as well as the Active Tourer concept.

BMW 1 Series Active Tourer Extended Prototype right side 1© Provided by MotorTrend BMW 1 Series Active Tourer Extended Prototype right side 1

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