BMW iNEXT Expected To Be Mid-Size Electric SUV


A new report reveals that the BMW iNEXT will likely be a larger SUV, outsizing the upcoming BMW iX3.

Automotive News nailed down a source inside Munich to all but confirm that the BMW iNEXT will be an SUV. Further, it will probably come in a mid-size configuration. We already reported that it may be similar in size to the Jaguar I-Pace and BMW Blog has been confidently sharing similar information related to the mystery vehicle.

BMW Blog previously shared:

According to BMW, the upcoming iNEXT will begin production at the Dingolfing plant in 2021 and will be some sort of electric crossover. While BMW just claims that it will be a “larger vehicle” sources inside BMW claim that it’s similar in size and shape to the Jaguar I-Pace.

The iNEXT is touted by BMW as a new flagship to its upcoming line of electric vehicles. It’s slated to follow the iX3, which is due out in 2020. The automaker’s recent teaser showed a roofline similar to that of vehicles like the Jaguar I-Pace and other modern SUVs.

While some will argue that the I-Pace isn’t a true SUV and neither are vehicles like Hyundai’s Kona or the Kia Niro, many of today’s SUVs are arguably crossovers by nature. They’re built on the frame of a car with unibody construction, but offer a higher ride height, more ground clearance, and increased utility. It is become more commonly accepted to lump SUVs and crossovers together in the same class/category, as the “old” body-on-frame vehicles are becoming few and far between.

BMW is set to reveal the official concept later this year to give us a better idea of the reality of such claims. BMW Blog reports that the automaker’s CEO said:

Later this year, we will be presenting the BMW iNEXT as a Vision Vehicle.

It’s not known which show BMW will chose to debut the vehicle, but the publication is speculating that it might show its face at the Paris Auto Show this fall. The premiere is supposed to reveal BMW’s future vision related to the iNEXT line. It will come with a minimum of Level 3 autonomy, courtesy of the likes of MobilEye and Intel. Also, we do know that it should have a range greater than 400 miles.

Source: BMWBlog

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9 Comments on "BMW iNEXT Expected To Be Mid-Size Electric SUV"

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Always keeping us guessing BMW. Next i-car teased, denied, teased, denied. Still waiting for an EV C/SUV from BMW, and Nissan, and GM, and….

Maybe available in 2020? Musk will have his yet announced Model Y out by then and maybe the new roadster & Tesla Semi (we hope!)

…and BMW will have their iNEXT and iX3 available.

A few years later. In limited numbers.

I don’t think Tesla will have it for sale by 2020. I belive they will take orders for it though. . The reasons are: 1. They have no factory to manufacture it it. Yet.. I don’t follow Tesla very close, but I would think they will assemble Model Y in China (and maybe in the US too). I know the Chinese can build the factory building in like a month or two… but it takes time to install equipment to handle materials, and factory assembly lines, robotics, programming, paint/corrotion lines and so on. Stamping line will be quick to install, since the manufacturer usually install those. I think Model Y production will go much smoother due to stuff learned with Model 3, and it will be the first factory were they will get the full benefits of Grohmann Engineering, that will be their global engineering source. Tesla’s Advanced Automation facility in Germany is dedicated to helping Tesla increase the automation and effectiveness of its manufacturing process. When they’re there from the planning of a new manufacturing line, with their decades of auto manufacturing experience, we’re looking at a highly advanced – and smart design of the production line. Maybe we’re… Read more »

iNext will be available in 2021 as mentioned in the article. Also, it has nothing to do with Tesla. The only real competitors are from MB and Audi, but none of those have yet announced any super high-tech BEV like the iNext.

My response: “Whatever”

5 door vehicle with an optional AWD built on unibody frame is a Crossover (CUV).
5 door vehicle with an optional AWD built on truck chassis is a SUV.
5 door vehicle without optional AWD is a Wagon/Hatchback/Sportback.
5 door vehicle with sliding doors is a Minivan.

Of late more and more Crossovers are coming to market and eating into the share of all other vehicle styles. Because this design is the most functional, spacious, fuel efficient and also the AWD option allows it to do offroading. Eventually this design will become the standard.

That would mean that there have never been any European SUVs since there aren’t any trucks or truck chassis. Even Mercedes ML or GL