BMW Vision iNEXT: Platform, Interior, & Release Date
Electric, connected and autonomous, the BMW Vision iNEXT announces a new kind of BMW marketed in 2021.
One can be a hundred years old and the dynamism of a young man. The Munich manufacturer proves that, for 100 years past, far from being inert and nostalgic, it is rather turned towards the future of mobility that it wishes to continue writing. This is not the first time BMW has taken the lead and cleared new territories. It’s even in his DNA to reinvent himself.
BMW Vision iNEXT Overview
A pioneer of the sporty compact car, the German manufacturer has launched the concept of vitaminized sports cars under the Motorsport label. More recently, he has to have flair by developing, before everyone else, a wide range of SUV and then to be at the forefront of the sector by creating the BMW family i grouping electrified vehicles designed around carbon fiber structures (i3 and i8). To reduce its carbon footprint and lower the average CO2 emissions of its vehicles to 95 g, BMW will expand its range i in the coming years. The German group has programmed 25 electrified vehicles by 2025 including 12 electric models. In addition to an electric Mini in 2019, BMW will launch an iX3 in 2020, then an i4. In 2021,
Disturbing at first glance and clearing up an unusual formal language for BMW, this vehicle mixes the codes of the urban i3 with those of an SUV and a minivan. Camped on huge 24-inch wheels, the BMW Vision iNEXT concept is distinguished by its huge double radiator grille treated vertically as that of the future X7, the absence of a stand, the opposing doors, the floating roof, the large glass surface and the very rounded back.
The manufacturer’s technological manifesto, the BMW Vision iNEXT is not just about being electric. He is also autonomous and connected. This is how the interior space, flooded with light by the panoramic glass roof, has been more thought of as a living space than as an automobile interior. This is so true that the dashboard is replaced by a recycled wood table on which sit two tablets placed on feet, a small face to the driver and a huge in the center. The revolution continues with the steering wheel that retracts when you activate the autonomous driving mode called “Ease”. While the central screen changes its appearance, for example projecting a film, the occupants of the front seats can turn their seats to discuss with the rear passengers. These are installed on a bench designed as a living room sofa. Just switch to the “Boost” mode to regain control of the vehicle’s controls.
The center console separating the two front seats meets the world of furnishing furniture. It is made of wood and illuminated glass. This vehicle of the future is not only electric and autonomous. It is also connected, welcoming the latest evolution of connectivity, entertainment and driver assistance systems.
The BMW Vision iNEXT concept is embarking on a world tour. In five days, BMW makes its vehicle discover successively in Munich, New York, San Francisco, and Beijing. A challenge raised by embedding the iNEXT concept in a Lufthansa Boeing 777 Cargo. A communication operation that may seem out of sync with the time of waste tracking and sustainable development.
For BMW but also for its two German premium competitors, this month of September is placed under the sign of the electric vehicle. While the beginning of the month was marked by the presentation of the Mercedes EQC, it is the turn of BMW to lift a corner of sailing on its electrical projects. In the course of the week, it will be Audi ‘s turn to remove the camouflage outfit from its e – Tron crossover, the first 100% electric family in its range.