Caught: Three-Row BMW 1 Series Active Tourer Protoype

While we've seen the BMW 1 Series Active Tourer prototype before, this week we get a sneak peek of the extended-length version parked outside a BMW testing center. The extended prototype is a three-row version of the Active Tourer concept from the 2012 Paris auto show.

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.

While 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.

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 dealerships.

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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