A Car That Adapts to Your Lifestyle
Words and Photos Ezekiel Wheeler
A car that is meant to adapt to a users evolving lifestyle, opposed to the other way around. The Active Tourer is a leap forward for BMW, this being its first Front-Wheel drive platform in the performance brand’s history. Not sacrificing anything, BMW wanted to create a car that fit neatly in between the 1 Series and the 3 Series (cough cough 2 Series).
We spoke to designer David De Bono and Director of Strategy Dr. Frank Niederlaender about what the Active Tourer means to BMW. De Bono told us it was brave new step into the future design language for the brand as a whole. Incorporating breakthroughs in aerodynamic shapes and functionality to while still keeping plenty of design elements from the emotional sketches that were developed during the creation of the Active Tourer.
Dr. Niederlaender was able to not only confirm what De Bono had told us but also gave us a great perspective on a an attractive hatchback/wagon style vehicle that could adapt to a users lifestyle. “So often people find themselves sacrificing parts of their lives for a vehicle to fit in. With the Active Tourer we offer versatility and style to enhance a persons life. Our rail system in the back allows for nearly any device to live in the vehicle according to the users needs”, stated Dr. Niederlaender.
These men’s perspective, both from the design and vehicle development world, that we can see a car like this come to reality. BMW is answering the questions so many people had about the 5 series GT (aside from its looks) with the Active Tourer. A higher seating position for a command road perspective, ample ground clearance, interior versatility and style and not to mention the FWD with rear electric drive wheels offering an AWD capable machine. The Active Tourer left a wonderful impression on us. Its bold design language and consideration towards an active individual’s evolving life. One minuet your single, the next you’re hang gliding in the mountains to finally carting the kids to soccer practice. The Active Tourer is the seemingly perfect car to enter into anyone’s life no matter what the occasion calls for.