BMW's Teases Next Move In The EV Segment, The iNEXT Concept

Darnell Taylor
May 18, 2018

At BMW's annual shareholders' meeting in Germany on Thursday the company released a teaser image of its future iNext electric vehicle.

The production-bound vehicle will serve as BMW's technological flagship, showcasing the company's most advanced autonomous technology and latest electric powertrains.

Krueger said the iNext combined "all key technologies of future mobility" as a fully electric and partially self-driving vehicle with high safety standards.

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BMW chief executive officer Harald Krueger and board chairman Norbert Reithofer admitted Thursday that the Munich-based company made a mistake in the development of exhaust clearing systems for diesel vehicles. Though, according to Krüger, we should see a Vision Concept of this upcoming fully-electric, fully-connected and highly autonomous BMW later this year. The iNext crossover is being developed in parallel with the i4 electric saloon concept we saw at Frankfurt a year ago. The pure-electric BMW iNEXT will be built at Plant Dingolfing from 2021.

BMW originally announced in 2016 that it had joined the race to produce fully autonomous cars and has teamed up with tech firms Intel and Mobileye in a bid to offer its first fully self-driving auto in 2021. "For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility in one vehicle", he told the AGM's attendees. Going forward, all pure electric BMW models will sport the "i" badge and come equipped with fifth-generation battery technology. That said, the sketch does confirm that the iNext will be in the form of a crossover, which is something BMW has not previously acknowledged.

The automaker has also confirmed the iNext will offer Level 3 self-driving capability in certain highway situations.

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