BMW's Teases Next Move In The EV Segment, The iNEXT Concept

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 18, 2018

The BMW iNext Concept has been teased ahead of its debut later this year, probably at the 2018 Paris motor show in September.

This is the initial design concept for the iNext, quite literally the next generation of pure electric cars from BMW's "i" division.

The iNext will be pitched as BMW's tech flagship, so expect cutting-edge innovations in infotainment and interior technology, as well as the brand's latest electric powertrain and well-documented driverless tech.

"The iNext project is our building kit for the future", he said. We can expect the final design to be similar in size and shape to an X5, in other words a mid-size SUV. "The iNext is fully electric, fully connected and offers highly automated driving". That means an electric auto with a high degree of autonomy. This is because the situations required will be very limited and regulations may not be ready in time to support it. BMW said the iNext's Level 4 capability will function in traffic moving in the same direction and where there is a solid barrier separating oncoming traffic. Additionally, BMW will release an electric vehicle for its British Mini brand in 2019 and an electric BMW "X3" by 2020. Details of the system are largely unknown at this time, but are expected to include new gesture controls for the entertainment and climate control systems.

In 2021, BMW will begin manufacturing in Europe, at Plant Dingolfing, an all-electric vehicle. That said, the sketch does confirm that the iNext will be in the form of a crossover, which is something BMW has not previously acknowledged. The first of these will be an electric Mini Hardtop due in 2019. The iNext is scheduled to become available for sale to customers in 2021. An i4 sedan has also been confirmed.

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