This is BMW’s preview of the iNext, an all-electric, Internet-enabled, semi-autonomous car that will be produced at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in 2021. BMW hasn’t revealed much else about the car 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.
This sole preview image was presented to shareholders of the BMW Group earlier today, with Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said: “The iNEXT project is our building kit for the future. It will benefit the entire company and all our brands. For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility in one vehicle. The iNEXT is fully electric, fully connected and also offers highly automated driving. Today, we gave our shareholders a very first glimpse of the design of the BMW iNEXT. Later this year, we will be presenting the BMW iNEXT as a Vision Vehicle.”
Keeping up with BMW’s constantly changing terminologies can be quite challenging, so we are not sure why is this BMW concept that was originally introduced as the BMW Vision Next 100 and now known as the iNext, is now being introduced once again as a Vision Vehicle.
Krüger told the shareholders: “Today, we wanted to give our shareholders an exclusive first glimpse. And I can reveal that we will be presenting the iNEXT as a vision vehicle later this year.
“It is our modular system for the future.
“If that sounds a bit like Lego, that’s roughly the idea. The iNEXT will benefit the entire company and all its brands. For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility. The iNEXT is fully electric, fully connected, and enables safe, partially autonomous driving. Further models will follow.”
Likewise the i4, which will be build in Munich (no specific timeframe). 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 car hasn’t been shown. So now you have the same car that the Internet refers to with two different names, depending on the timeline.
“The BMW i4 Concept was the star of last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
“A few years ago, “project i” started out as an independent project. Now, the letter “i” is coming to our core BMW brand. Going forward, all pure electric BMW models will sport the “i” badge and come equipped with fifth-generation battery technology. With an increased range of about 700 kilometres, electric models will become entirely practical for everyday use,” said Krüger.