The BMW Vision iNext has been revealed, essentially previewing the Munich-based automaker’s upcoming flagship electric vehicle, which is scheduled to arrive in 2021.
BMW says the series-produced version of the iNext will “assume the role of a new technology flagship”, with production at Plant Dingolfing slated to begin in 2021.
At the front, you'll immediately notice the latest interpretation of BMW's kidney grille. Since this is an electric vehicle, the grille is blanked off and thus serves as an "intelligence panel" housing various sensors. Running on 24-inch alloys that the brand describes as “aerodynamically efficient”, the concept features large opposing doors with no B-pillar separating them.
BMW says Vision iNext drivers can choose to either “drive themselves or be driven” (in the case of the latter, the steering wheel “retracts slightly”). Inside, you’ll find two individual seats in the front plus a one-piece bench in the rear, meaning there is room for up to four people.
“Personal mobility is set to experience significant change,” said Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management responsible for development at BMW. “The possibilities opened up by autonomous driving and ever-expanding connectivity enable a whole new range of experiences and ways of shaping a journey.
“With this in mind, we have designed the all-electric BMW Vision iNext as a mobile environment that enhances quality of life, a new ‘Favourite Space’ in which we can be ourselves and relax. Indeed, all of BMW’s endeavours will continue to revolve around people – and their needs and desires when it comes to mobility – in the future,” said Fröhlich.