BMW Vision Vehicle Teased – Previews 2021 iNext Electric Car

MAY 17 2018 BY ADRIAN PADEANU 6

The new technology flagship will be the crown jewel of the company’s EV portfolio.

BMW is providing an early glimpse of its flagship electric model scheduled to be launched in 2021 once production will kick off at the Dingolfing factory in Germany. However, what we’re looking at is not the iNext, but a concept due to be unveiled later this year as the Vision Vehicle to serve as a preview for the road-going model.

For the time being, we’re only given the opportunity to see a rather vague silhouette of the concept, which appears to take the shape of an SUV with square wheel arches, slightly sloped roofline, and a short rear end. It is believed the production model will indeed be an SUV, one that will be just about the same size as the X5 and with space inside the cabin for five people.

Related – BMW Says iNext Will Go 435 Miles Per Charge

BMW is developing multiple battery packs for the iNext, with maximum range expected to vary from the 280 miles (450 kilometers) of the 60-kWh version to as much as 435 miles (700 km) for the 120-kWh model. The electric motor setup is being engineered in multiple states of tune, from 134 hp to 443 hp, and the new platform will also accommodate a powerful triple-motor arrangement with a whopping 800 hp, according to reports.

What is known for sure is that BMW will cram all the available technology it will have at its disposal at the beginning of the next decade, including a highly advanced autonomous driving system.

Until then, the Vision Vehicle teased today by BMW chairman Harald Krüger during the company’s Annual General Meeting is going to be shown in full “later this year.” It will follow another fully electric concept revealed about three weeks, the iX3 set to spawn a namesake production version in 2020. The smaller crossover will be built in China from where it will be exported to Europe and the U.S.

Press blast below:

First glimpse of BMW iNEXT – BMW Group previews Vision Vehicle in 2018.

At today’s Annual General Meeting, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Harald Krüger, unveiled an initial design concept for the BMW iNEXT. The pure-electric BMW iNEXT will be built at Plant Dingolfing from 2021. The company’s new technology flagship incorporates all major strategic areas of innovation in a road-ready vehicle.

Munich. At today’s Annual General Meeting, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Harald Krüger, unveiled an initial design concept for the BMW iNEXT. The pure-electric BMW iNEXT will be built at Plant Dingolfing from 2021. The company’s new technology flagship incorporates all major strategic areas of innovation in a road-ready vehicle.

Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said: “The iNEXT project is our building kit for the future. It will benefit the entire company and all our brands. For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility in one vehicle. The iNEXT is fully electric, fully connected and also offers highly automated driving. Today, we gave our shareholders a very first glimpse of the design of the BMW iNEXT. Later this year, we will be presenting the BMW iNEXT as a Vision Vehicle.”

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6 Comments on "BMW Vision Vehicle Teased – Previews 2021 iNext Electric Car"

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How about this novel concept from a manufacturer: stop teasing and releasing computer concepts and just build a good EV already?? Put down your computer mouse and roll up your sleeves and go build a good EV that folks can buy. Period.

For the love of God, the manufacturers’ EV divisions are absolutely in love with churning out concepts with no delivery. This latest coming from a company who still polishes their 15 electric-mile range i8 lovingly.

You have to remember, all the technology and components are there for a full BEV when you develop a PHEV. Its just a matter of figuring out if the parameters involved make it a viable option.

Will the vehicle sell with the increased cost of the batteries?
Will the increased weight of more batteries degrade the driving experience?
And most importantly, what holds back most of the established manufacturers: Will the car be profitable?

BMW has the technology to make a compelling BEV. But like the i3 possibly, it may not be within their financial interests.

He would have forgotten if you had not reminded him to remember. /s

Concepts are fascinating and a nice way to see public reactions to new design lines. BMW has always had cool concepts.

If anything the last two concept EVs/PHEVs BMW has put out (i3, i8) look surprisingly similar to the production vehicles. It is rumored that the production version of the ix3 will look almost identical to the concept as well.

2021 for the actual release date of this vehicle lines up with their prediction/company strategy that Evs will be profitable for them in 2020…..

Bmw has been so far on point when it comes to their release dates, lets give them a bit of breathing room…

“For the love of God, the manufacturers’ EV divisions are absolutely in love with churning out concepts with no delivery. ”

These companies: VW, MB & BMW are indirectly controlled by OPEC and so they will just churn out concepts to tell prospective Tesla customers not to buy their product.

Our only hope now is to wish that Tesla keeps ramping up the Model-3 production.
At least BMW sold 250,000+ plugins.

What about VW & MB.
“For the love of Hitler”, these 2 companies would love to sell more Diesel vehicles and kill Americans.