MUNICH -- BMW will unveil a front-wheel-drive concept car at the Paris auto show that previews the automaker's upcoming range of front-wheel-drive vehicles.
The Concept Active Tourer high-roof hatchback also gives a glimpse of a potential rival to the Mercedes-Benz B class. Its platform will also underpin the next Mini.
The concept is a "key component" in BMW's developing model portfolio in the premium small and compact car segment where annual growth rates of up to 5 percent are expected, the company said in a statement today.
The concept has a four-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid drivetrain. The carmaker's new 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine drives the front wheels while an electric motor powers the rear wheels.
BMW said the concept shows a vehicle that will be attractive to families who need a functional and versatile vehicle with lots of room and a high seating position.
The car's long wheelbase of 2670mm, its high roof line and compact transverse engine made it possible to create a generously sized interior, BMW said. Short body overhangs at the front and rear help to further increase interior room.