BMW teases iNext initial design concept

Daniel Fowler
May 18, 2018

The first image of the iNext Vision, or at least a teaser sketch showing the side of the vehicle, was presented by BMW's chairman of the board Harald Krüger during Thursday's annual general meeting.

Claimed to incorporate "major areas of innovation in a road-ready vehicle", the iNEXT will debut BMW's latest pure-electric powertrain and battery technology, as well as advanced autonomous driving aids.

Speaking at the annual general meeting, BMW CEO Harald Krüger said a concept previewing the iNext will be revealed this year.

"It will benefit the entire company and all our brands".

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The company previously hinted at a range of up to 435 miles, presumably based on the generous NEDC test cycle. This vehicle will be a pure-electric model that BMW plans to produce at Plant Dingolfing come 2021. Later this year, BMW iNEXT will be presented as Vision Vehicle.

Judging by the look, BMW iNEXT Concept looks like an evolutionary iteration of i3 rather than i Vision Concept or Vision Next 100 Concepts which were shown to us a year ago. For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility in one vehicle. This will be just one of 12 new fully electric models the Bavarian automaker is going to be introducing by 2025, and we'll get to see it not long after the BMW i4 sedan.

Last year, BMW's head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, casted doubts on Tesla's ability to produce Model 3 in volume at $35,000 and in the process, he said that the iNext will be the real competitor in the same segment. That iNext too, will sit on a modular platform - BMW even says "if that sounds a bit like Lego, that's roughly the idea".

It'll be fully connected as well as fully electrified, with "safe, partially autonomous driving" capabilities.

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