BMW to debut 3 vehicles in New York
Active Tourer concept, 3-series Gran Turismo and 328 diesel to make first North American appearance
To showcase where BMW is headed, the Active Tourer concept will make an appearance. This hatchback features a three-cylinder gas engine paired with an electric motor. Together, these are said to achieve 95 mpg. A fun characteristic of this concept is the "cool shade" glass roof. Using a suspended particle device, this roof can go from crystal clear to shaded with the touch of a button.
The 3-Series Gran Turismo will also grace the show floor. Features specific to the Gran Turismo model include the following: a longer wheelbase, more rear-seat room and an optional panoramic moonroof. The 3-Series GT arrives in U.S. dealerships this summer and is available with either a TwinPower turbo four-cylinder or an inline six-cylinder engine.
Expanding the 3-Series lineup even further in the U.S. will be the much anticipated 328d. The turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine boasts 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, as well as a 0-60 mph time of 7.2 seconds. Adding that the 328d is expected to achieve more than 40 mpg sweetens the deal for 3-Series fans.
Along with further details on the cars noted above, BMW is also expected to announce it will be adding 4G LTE mobile connectivity to its vehicles. Other technology improvements include the expansion of approved apps that allow BMW owners to listen to audio books and share their location with friends and family.
According to BMW, most 2014 models will also include BMW Assist eCall emergency-call service for 10 years as standard equipment. This technology automatically alerts first responders when a crash occurs and also relays the likelihood of severe injuries.