During the week leading up to the 2013 New York International Auto Show, The Driving Life will focus on the big news to expect from automakers, including vehicle launches and model updates.
BMW will host the North American debut of three vehicles at the 2013 New York International Auto Show next week —two variants of the new 3 Series and a plug-in hybrid concept.
While all three vehicles have received a substantial amount of pre-show buzz, the arguable headliner is the Concept Active Tourer, a plug-in hybrid based on the 1 Series platform. Initial reports indicate that the vehicle will achieve close to 95 mpg and will be powered by a 3-cylinder gasoline/electric motor. The Concept Active Tourer was first introduced at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September.
BMW will also show the 3 Series Gran Turismo and the 328d models. The Gran Turismo model will feature the same engine options as the 3 Series sedan and wagon — the 328i, which boasts a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder with 240 horsepower, and the 335i, a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder with 300 horsepower. The Gran Turismo is expected to only come in an eight-speed automatic transmission and it will arrive in U.S. showrooms by summer.
The BMW 328d is a diesel-powered offering that is expected to get over 40 mpg. The vehicle will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder, producing 180 horsepower and a powerful 280 lb-feet of torque. Initial reports indicate the vehicle’s 0-60 time at 7.2 seconds. However, there is no word on a potential U.S. release date.
The German auto giant will hold its press conference, unveiling the three vehicles, on Wednesday, March 27 at 11:45 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, at the Jacob Javits Center.
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