BMW Group has a grand plan to launch 25 new electrified vehicles by 2025. Twelve of these will be full electric vehicles (battery EVs), including a new electric SUV that will be derived from the newly introduced concept – the BMW iNext Vision.
Since the announcement of the grand electrification plan at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the group has already introduced three of the new BEVs: the electric Mini Cooper three-door (2019), the BMW iX3 SUV (2020), and the BMW i4 sedan (2020 or 2021). Now, the BMW Group is introducing the fourth – the BMW iNext. The group’s fourth BEV under the grand plan was previewed in four cities around the world through the BMW Vision iNext.
The importance of the iNext in BMW’s plan cannot be understated. No less than Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management at the BMW Group, described iNext as the building block for the future of the company and all of its brands. The series-produced version of the BMW Vision iNEXT will become its new technology flagship, becoming the first BMW vehicle on the road to unite Design, Autonomy, Connectivity, Electric and Services in a single package.
Thanks to the BMW Vision iNEXT, we now have a great idea on how the BMW iNext may look like, although it is expected that BMW would taper down the aggressive design of the concept for the series production model.
In terms of size and proportions, the BMW Vision iNEXT is very much similar to the BMW X5. Its exterior is wrapped in Liquid Greyrose Copper finish, which reflects different colors like warm copper and dark rose. Its front is defined by large, interlinked double-kidney grille that has been blanked off, with the kidney element accommodating a number of sensors. The face of the Vision iNext is four-eyed as expected, but is differently interpreted through the super-slim headlights. Its windscreen smoothly extends into a large panoramic roof.
The muscular sides of the BMW Vision iNEXT are defined by powerfully sculpted surfaces curve, especially on the wheel arches that accommodate 24-inch aerodynamically efficient, three-dimensional wheels. Side mirrors and door handles are nowhere to be found, as replaced by cameras and touch-sensitive illuminated graphics, respectively.
On the rear section, the BMW Vision iNEXT features horizontally arranged lines and surfaces as well as distinctive rear lights. The concept SUV also features an illuminated diffuser for enhanced aerodynamics.
The BMW Vision iNEXT offers its occupants to drive ( “Boost” mode) or be driven (“Ease” mode). Overall, the BMW Vision iNEXT features a cabin that caters to the needs of its occupants. The center console seems like a high-quality piece of furniture, featuring the looks of a floating coffee table. In the rear cabin, passengers may operate various functions through surfaces made out of wood or cloth, thanks to an intelligent projection technology called “Shy Tech.” However, this technology might not make it to the production version of the iNext, but on future models.
The grand tour of the BMW Vision iNext – made possible through a partnership with Lufthansa Cargo – started at a Lufthansa hangar at JFK Airport where more than 300 International media representatives were invited for the event. Huddled inside a Boeing 777F, the Vision iNext was then flown to San Francisco, California, then to Beijing, China. The tour ended in Munich, Germany.