BMW teases iNext tech flagship, says concept coming in 2018

2015 bmw x5 xdrive35i test drive 70 750x500

2015 bmw x5 xdrive35i test drive 70 750x500

It will be one of 12 electric cars that BMW and its Mini brand plan to launch by 2025, starting with the Mini Hardtop next year and followed by the BMW iX3 in 2020 and the iNext in 2021, and finally the i4 sedan, based on BMW's Vision Dynamics concept in 2022.

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

The production-bound vehicle will serve as BMW's technological flagship, showcasing the company's most advanced autonomous technology and latest electric powertrains. We've heard that it would be some sort of SUV.

BMW is perhaps being a bit more circumspect than other premium auto makers when it comes to EVs and Autonomy, but it too is heading deep in to an electric future, and at their AGM yesterday Board Chairman Harald Kruger revealed an initial design concept for a new electric BMW iNEXT (above).

It'll be fully connected as well as fully electrified, with "safe, partially autonomous driving" capabilities. BMW now claims that "level 3.5" autonomy will be possible from the auto.

While BMW offered customers software upgrades for diesel vehicles with the motor type "Euro 5" from 2011 onwards, the company does not believe that more costly hardware upgrades demanded in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal are a technically sensible solution. Additionally, BMW will release an electric vehicle for its British Mini brand in 2019 and an electric BMW "X3" by 2020.

The image shows an SUV silhouette similar is size to an X5, BMW's mid-size SUV.

Built in BMW's Dingolfing plant north-west of Munich, the iNEXT is expected to mirror Tesla models by being offered with battery packs ranging from 60kWh to 120kWh.

Previously NV was informed that Audi has carried out final tests of its first electric crossover called the E-Tron.

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