BMW is presenting at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show a new concept that allows the public to see a more immediate future of electric mobility, as interpreted by the German premium carmaker. This new concept – the BMW i Vision Dynamics – intends to show that the future of electric mobility has already arrived at the BMW Group, according to Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG.
While BMW’s NEXT 100 vehicles presented in 2016 dwell more into the far future of mobility, the BMW i Vision Dynamics looks into what will arrive a few years from now. As intended, the new BMW i Vision Dynamics is a dynamic and progressive, four-door Gran Coupe that envisions future electric mobility between the BMW i3 and BMW i8. Kruger noted that the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept envisages how the carmaker partly plans to carry out its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy, which in part entails offering 25 electrified models – 12 of which will be all-electric – by 2025.
Even though the i Vision Dynamics concept is a vehicle from the future, it is still easily identifiable as a BMW, thanks to a number of familiar design cues up front. For instance, the new BMW i Vision Dynamics still features the already iconic BMW kidney. But as expected, the design of the BMW kidney on the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept has been reinterpreted to mold the past and the future of the brand. The kidneys are now prominent and enclosed. Featuring no large grille openings, the kidneys now function as an intelligent surface where the sensors of the concept are embedded.
Just like the kidneys, the dual headlights in the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept has been designed to fuse the past and the future of the brand. Its design reinterprets the classical BMW four-eyed face, employing two freestanding LED elements on each side of the kidneys. These headlights carry all the needed lighting functions.
Meanwhile, the profile of the BMW i Vision Dynamics reveals a flowing roofline, a long wheelbase and short overhangs as well as large contoured surfaces and glass areas integrated flush into main body. The new BMW i Vision Dynamics features the iconic window profile, as reinterpreted to convey function while sharpening the identity of the flanks. These window graphics are complemented by the full-length glass surface running from the windscreen to the rear window, thereby heightening sensation of spaciousness and freedom inside the concept.
On the rear, the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept exposes tapered passenger cell, broad shoulders and a more muscular presence. The rear end is also defined by slim L-shaped lights that help accentuate the concept’s wide stance on the road.
The BMW i Vision Dynamics is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in four seconds, on the way to a top speed of more than 200 km/h (120 mph). The BMW i Vision Dynamics concept has a range of 600 km (373 miles).