BMW iNEXT Electric SUV Spied Testing

FEB 26 2019 BY MARK KANE 21

Production BMW iNEXT will be more normal than the concept

BMW recently has shown a few photos of the iNEXT test prototype (front and side). Here we have more photos of the upcoming 2021 model, which according to some could be launched as the i5.

Compared to the concept version, the B-pillar has been reinstated and side-mirrors replaced with wing-mounted cameras. On the other hand, slim LED headlights and swept-back panoramic windscreen appear to have been transferred onto the production prototype.

The iNEXT is one of three already announced BEVs that BMW is developing on the 5th generation drive system for long-range all-wheel drive EVs. The first in the queue for market launch is the BMW iX3 in 2020 and BMW i4.

Take a look at these new spoy shots in the gallery below.

10 photos

BMW iNEXT concept

13 photos

Credit: CarPix

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The prototype already looks 10 times better than the concept. But that really wasn’t that hard.

Otherwise good for BMW to add a more BMW like EV to their lineup. I would have hoped for an electric 3 or 5 series. But I think we have already seen the electric sedan prototype as well, if I remember correctly. So maybe we will see that winter testing as well.

The concept looked awesome, especially in reality. As usual the real deal looks very meh compared to the concept. I have never understood the idea of showing a cool concept when you will release a turd-looking vehicle in the end anyway.

Although I personally didn’t like the iNEXT concept, I agree completely. Why bother releasing a concept if you won’t make production vehicle look remotely like it? I felt the same with the MB EQC, I really liked the concept, but production version just looks like a tweaked GLC.

Because at a car show, you want people coming to your booth. And a bland SUV, while it might sell really well, won’t gather an audience. Especially if there are exotic sports cars at the same car show.

Concepts are not made to sell future cars. Unless you go the Tesla route and collect reservation money, future cars more or less hurt your income right now. You come for the concept and then look at the cars, that you can buy right now.

That’s why prototypes look futuristic and weird. Because it gets your attention, but you wouldn’t want to wait for it.

Have you ever seen Apple showing off concepts of their next iPhone? So why would a car maker show off a realistic concept of their upcoming car?

The real question is, if car shows are really necessary anymore.

To be far to BMW, while this particular prototype doesn’t resemble the prototype, the i8 was one of the most faithful translations of connect to production in automotive history; the production i8 – which is a fantastic car – was basically identical to the prototype save for the see-through doors (which were silly – who would want see-through doors? ).

The concept was challenging and exciting, while this just looks like any other car. It feels like BMW was very ambitious with the i3, got their fingers burnt, but instead of re-calibrating and trying another moonshot they have instead retreated to a conservative place. They were a leader in electric design and form, just briefly, and now have settled very much into the position of followers. That makes me sad

When the i3 came out, people were saying “we want a car that looks normal”. BMW delivers, what people asked for. People say: “we want a car engineered like the i3”.

I don’t care so much what it looks like (obviously, since I own an i3), as long as it is “engineered like the i3” is… meaning dedicated platform, wicked DCFC consistency, CFRP, REX, etc. No gasser conversions please!

I tend to agree and I think they need to stop listening to their customers so much, or at least listen differently. Most customers who haven’t bought an electric car yet don’t know exactly what they want, any more than the owner of a horse and carriage knew they wanted a Model T, until it existed. Leadership is not doing exactly what your customers want to, it is defining a vision of the world and then helping everyone get on board.

I agree for most of that except the “They were a leader in electric design”. The i3 flopped because it was a weirdmobile (suicide doors, back windows can’t go down, looked like a piggy bank, etc.)

The i3 didn’t flope. It is a well known car around the world, loved by its owners.
It is still a very efficient car, on par with cars that were designed especially to make good figures in efficiency charts.
BMW sold some good tens of thousands i3 s every year so that is far from a flop.

But unreliable

“a” leader, not “the” leader 🙂
The low beltline, flat floor, CFRP construction, and novel interior materials were all great features. They took risks, some of which paid off and others not so much. That’s the leadership I’m excited about.

The i3 is still being bought a rising numbers. The car clearly was a success. The only reason I didn’t buy one yet is because it is too expensive.

Watch for cash on the hood deals. I got about 38% off MSRP on a 2018 i3s REX after all rebates and incentives (in WA). Plenty of barely used CPO i3s for sale at great prices right now. You can easily pick up a nice CPO i3 for less than a new Prius.

The i3 was bastardized on purpose. Let’s smarten up. Why would BMW cannibalize its 3 series with a lower margin and better car? Economics rules, as it always should.

It’s not bastardized, it’s packed full of ideas about how a car can be done differently. This is inherently risky, and in practice some of those risks didn’t pay off.

I will withhold my judgement till I see the final version of this car.

I like the concept iNext, if BMW production iNext looks 85% like a concept, it will be a very nice looking Production car.
it’s not as dramatically as an i3 when it came out.

It looks good. Now, the million dollar question is price.

Is it $45K to $55K or $65K to $86K?

I would say $70k to $100k… or more.