First Sketch of BMW's iNext EV Released


First Sketch of BMW's iNext EV Released

BMW chief executive officer Harald Krueger and board chairman Norbert Reithofer admitted Thursday that the Munich-based company made a mistake in the development of exhaust clearing systems for diesel vehicles. BMW hasn't revealed much else about the vehicle other than it will be developed in parallel with the i4, another all-electric sedan which like many forthcoming BMW products, would certainly also have semi-autonomous driving capability. Though, according to Krüger, we should see a Vision Concept of this upcoming fully-electric, fully-connected and highly autonomous BMW later this year.

The BMW iNEXT - a new electric flagship for BMW - will arrive in production in 2021, ahead of which BMW has revealed a teaser sketch before a concept arrives later in 2018. For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility in one vehicle.

"The iNEXT project is our building kit for the future".

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

Therefore, I am not sure how much stock we can put into this first "glimpse" at the iNext today. The i4 was originally introduced as the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept, before being given the i4 name, but nobody knows how it looks like since the production auto hasn't been shown. The iNext crossover is being developed in parallel with the i4 electric saloon concept we saw at Frankfurt a year ago.

Through April, BMW's global brand sales grew 2.5 per cent, while Mercedes' registrations surged 13 per cent.

Krüger explained that going forward, all fully electric BMW models introduced would carry the i designation.

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