435-Mile BMW Vision iNext CUV Spotted Boarding Airplane: Video


Our first-ever look at the real BMW Vision iNext out in the wild before it boards an airplane for its in-flight reveal.

Courtesy of our friend at BMWBLOG, we catch a video glimpse of a covered Vision iNext before it goes aboard the airplane for a never-done-before type of in-air debut. The BMW-focused site states:

We spotted the BMW iNEXT while being loaded for its world tour. Munich, New York, San Francisco and Beijing. Stay tuned for more exclusive coverage!

Check out the BMW Vision iNext below:

Starting today, BMW will present the Vision iNext in four cities during a ’round-the-world flight.

No concrete details are known in connection with the iNext at this time, but our best guess says, the iNext — if it continues to carry that moniker — will be crossover-shaped and boast a range of 435 miles. It will carry what BMW refers to as the automaker’s fifth-generation electric powertrain.

You can check out some BMW’s most recent Vision iNext teaser video below:


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Is this the BMW with a range of 700 km ?

BMW iNext precious cargo, gets the First Class VIP treatment!

Now, please load up the DC fast charging infrastructure and network, that will be the necessary entourage to follow suit!

It’s getting there. BMW doesn’t need to build DC fast charging network by itself if it adopts CCS or chademo.

BMW is CCS. Everybody is CCS (in Europe and North America) except Nissan and their affiliates (and obviously Tesla).

CCS has been growing at a crazy pace. It’s already the largest charging standard in Europe and Canada. And by this time next year given current commitments and schedules should come close to surpassing the supercharger network in the US by this time next year.

Maybe you should look into how large Tesla’s Supercharger network is.

CCS has a long way to go and is still seriously behind CHAdeMO.

And CHAdeMO is now the chosen standard for China.

But you are aware of the fact that there are way more CCS chargers than there are Superchargers in Europe? Granted, at > 100kW CCS is still lagging and will probably be for the next 18-24 months.

I trust this will never come to fruition ..Just more Prototype Vaporware & More Tesla Killer threats …..lol…

Do You think they spend millions of $ for marketing …. for nothing?

That’s a good point, you wouldn’t think so.

On the other hand, look at what Toyota did with fuel cell cars.

Toyota is still pushing fuel cell cars, just as Hyundai and others.
Will probably be a small market though.
Depends on how cheap they can make the cars, how compact they can make the system and storage, and how many hydrogen fuel stations there will be.
They made great progress in many areas (price and size) between the last two generations. The new one cost about 1/10th to produce. Still very expensive though.

For marked presence and general image – Oh Yes.

Depends who you ask…VW would say yes.

Would love to see which manufacturer brings out the first 500 mile range five passenger vehicle


I wouldn’t say out of hand that it’s overkill. But the question of “what’s the greatest range that makes sense as a commercial product” is intriguing and more complex than a lot of people assume. Of course there’s the issue of battery prices. The cost to pack 500 miles of battery into a car at today’s prices is painfully high. But even if current battery tech (somehow) dropped to $50 or even $25/kWh, you’d still have the issue of the weight and volume of that big pack. Shoehorning that into a Leaf or Bolt or resurrected Fit EV would be… interesting. And if you had a car with a 125 kWh pack, you’d have little chance of doing more than top-off charging at home, so the public infrastructure comes into play, which is a real issue in some parts of the US and likely will be for at least a few more years. Lots of chargers makes a really big battery usable. But if you have lots of public chargers then you only need a huge battery if you’ll be doing a lot of long distance driving; if you won’t, then you have no incentive to pay the extra, at… Read more »

It’ll also depend a lot on the charging infrastructure and rate of charging. If those can improve, then range will become less of an issue for many customers.

Agreed, Trucks and large SUV’s would be ideal cases for larger batteries. Many already have larger fuel tanks to allow for extended range when towing and hauling. You’re average subcompact, no however. In the future different vehicle classes will probably have different range options, with smaller. more town/city oriented vehicles coming with lower ranges as standard while longer range, larger vehicles will come with longer ranges.

Different countries/areas will probably have different battery options too, with places like Europe having different options to places like Canada, where distances are larger and cold temperatures make a big difference – as we’re already seeing in the Kona and Nero EV, where the smaller battery pack option won’t be available in North America.

500 miles of summer range will probably mean around 350 miles of winter range, so not so far fetched for many families living in colder areas (especially if they have a car load of people and several sets of skis/box on the roof.

Rubbish. I often go on vacation with a caravan (camper trailer). When I do, I drive 800 miles one way. I personally do this 3-4 times a year.

EV range is reduced by at least 40% when using a trailer. Tesla X without trailer consumes 370Wh/Mile, with trailer 620wh/mile.

I want to make that 800 mile trip in 1 day, with max 2 charging stops (my previous gasoline car could do it in 1 stop). That’s 267miles. Adding 33miles reserve that makes 300miles of needed range. 300*0.620 gives 186kWh battery pack, That same pack would give me 502 miles of range without trailer.

With the current Tesla X 100d I need to recharge 5.5 times, which makes it impossible to do in 1 day. That’s not convenient.

So, yeah, for some use cases, a 500 mile range is not overkill at all.

Another Euro point of view

Same with me. Setting my speed control at 2000 rpm 6th gear that corresponds to 83 mph approx. Then I want to be able to drive 3 to 4 hours like this and still have about 50 miles reserve after that. it is 30 years I drive like this and it works well for me. I do it also at least 5 times a year. I probably would need a 125 kwh battery, no less All that for around USD 35 k or EUR 30k. max. please. Fast highways & SUV body forms are Evs ennemies

Absolutely overkill!
I would rather see them making removable modules so you can rent extra range when you need it and not carry it around all the time.

When is this supposed to come to market?


Surely this must mean ‘BMWBlog’ was among those onboard the plane? When can we expect pics/specs? I guess this is a concept so the look is not final, but BMW needs to reveal some specs?

This is all just a big intentional tease.

BMWBlog already has official pictures but they are still in embargo. Later this week we may see a bit more.

AMUS indicated that there will be two versions, one with 550 km and the other 750 km range. Those would be exceptionally good for CUV which is close to X5 size.

Never knew BMW already had 4 generations of electric powertrain before the iNEXT. Where were they used ?

The 435-mile range sounds enticing. Even if they use NEDC standard, that’s still over 360 miles EPA, far better than what’s available now. Vehicle weight and price would be another story though.

Another +80k euros car that I won’t buy.

Concept car

Which EV company is selling the most vehicles at the moment? Is it a goofy looking design that is trying to make a statement? What don’t these companies understand about what people want? Obviously not a goofy looking car!
That front image is just amazing in this day and age. Seriously ugly to my eye, worst than my 2012 Leaf by a long way 🙂

This could be the battery that goes into the Vision iNext.

“Lion Smart’s 100-kilowatt-hour battery gives the little city car a range of 435 miles on a charge, in the same footprint as the original battery pack.”

“Lion Smart has developed a modular battery-pack design that makes cooling more efficient and eliminates wiring inside the pack to reduce weight, size, and cost.”

The modular battery uses individually-fused cylindrical battery cells, a phase-changing coolant that converts from a liquid to gas if a cell overheats, and replaces wires with infrared communication.

Very impressive.