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This is the BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor, a fresh update to the original Concept Active Tourer (CAT) we’ve seen last year. Set to take the stage at the OutDoor Friedrichshafen fair – an outdoor activities summit meeting – the plug-in hybrid vehicle gets suited with a variable rear compartment designed to accommodate sports and leisure equipment.

The biggest noticeable change is of course the colour; the upcoming Mercedes B-Class fighter now presented in Gold Race Orange paintwork. Said to accentuate the car’s sporty appearance, the bright new colour extends to the 20-inch wheels and two of the front grille bars too. That’s where the exterior changes begin and end, as the rest of the car is identical to the original CAT.

One of the midi-MPV’s strong points is interior practicality. BMW is quick to point out that the concept offers generous interior space within the confines of its compact dimensions – 4,350 mm long, 1,833 mm wide, 1,576 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,670 mm.

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Drivetrain packaging plays a big role in achieving this, with its transversely mounted three-cylinder engine up front and the hybrid system’s batteries neatly fitted underneath the load compartment floor. The large usable space – even more so with the flat folding rear seats – can be utilised in various manners, as the Concept Active Tourer Outdoor demonstrates.

New to the Outdoor concept is the bicycle carrier system that’s integrated into the interior. Two bicycles can be transported inside the car, and when not in use, the carrier system disappears away into the side structure of the car or the floor, without restricting interior space.

To protect against dirt and discolouration brought out by rough and tough leisure activities, the rear compartment is covered in a robust, easy-to-clean, studded plastic material in MoonRock Grey. Trim covers are presented in Gold Race Orange, with the contrasting colour combination used across the entire cabin as well.

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As with the original CAT, the concept is powered by an i8-based eDrive plug-in hybrid system. It uses a 1.5 litre BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol unit with a synchronous electric motor to offer a combined power output of 190 hp and 200 Nm of torque. Zero to hundred time is under eight seconds, and top speed is 200 km/h.

The concept car is claimed to return average fuel consumption figures of under 2.5 litres per 100 km, while posting CO2 emissions of less than 60 g/km. It’s also capable of a full EV mode, covering 30 km without using any fuel. Plus, with the bike rack in place, you and your partner can choose to park outside the city congestion zone and complete the journey on two wheels.

We’ve already seen the actual production-bound front-wheel drive vehicles being tested, both in five-seat and longer seven-seat forms. Both variants are expected to be marketed as the BMW 1 Series GT, sharing platforms and perhaps engines with the upcoming MINI Hatch replacement.