BMW just teased their first sketch of the all-new iNEXT electric crossover, and those with a keen eye can spot some details to expect.
German auto giant BMW is planning big on electric cars. The maker of the numbered series of performance luxury vehicles plans to offer 25 electrified vehicles, both hybrid and pure EV, by the year 2025, with 12 of them to be entirely battery powered.
To carry BMW into the next decade, they’re making the iNEXT electric vehicle, which they say will have "all major strategic areas of innovation in a road-ready vehicle." The new conceptual flagship was teased in a press release on Friday morning.
The sketch is very blue and uses shading to outline the shape of a streamlined crossover-type body. A sloping windshield swings aggressively toward the back, which only concept cars can get away with since they don’t really need to worry too much about visibility. Squared wheel arches can also be seen as well as what appears to be a forward-tilted antenna.
“The iNEXT project is our building kit for the future,” said BMW chairman Harald Krüger in a statement. “It will benefit the entire company and all our brands.”
He continued, “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.”
The iNext will be developed in tandem with the i4 electric sedan and built at BMW’s Dingfoling Plant in 2021.
Few details on the iNEXT are known, but it’s rumored to use fifth generation battery technology from BMW which push its theoretical range to 700 km (or 435 miles). That would make the iNEXT the longest-range battery-powered car in the world, and give it range to rival even a full gas tank on most cars.
Obviously, those rumors aren't confirmed, but when BMW is ready, we'll have a clearer picture of what their plans are for this exciting vehicle. For now, we'll just have to stare at this sketch hoping to see more.