BMW has announced that its next generation full EV, the BMW iNext, will make its debut the running year, as a “Vision” vehicle. The i4 electric saloon concept launched in Frankfurt, Germany last year, forms the basic of the engineering of the iNext crossover. BMW is all set on releasing 25 electrified vehicles by 2025 among which 12 will be full EVs. “A few years ago, project ‘i’ started out as an independent project. Now, the letter ‘i’ is coming to our core BMW brand. Going forward, all pure electric BMW models will sport the ‘i’ badge and come equipped with fifth-generation battery technology” , are the words of the BMW boss Harald Krüger.
A pure electric vehicle with a fifth-generation battery design which is confirmed to be a 120 kilowatt hour unit with over 400 miles of range is the iNext crossover. Electric propulsion, self-driving capability and advanced interfaces are the three trademark features of the iNext. The Level 3 self-driving capability in certain highway situations will allow the driver to let go of the wheel and look away for extended periods. Although they have to be quick enough to take over within seconds. The power output of the car will vary from 134 to 800 horsepower.
“The iNext project is our building kit for the future,” said Krüger in BMW’s press release, he further added, “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.”
BMW will release a Mini Hardtop in 2019, an iX3 in 2020 followed by the iNext in 2021. An i4 sedan will follow soon. The CLAR modular platform based iNext will be manufactured in the main plant of BMW, which is close to its Munich headquarter. Lastly Krüger said “With the biggest model offensive in our history, we are issuing a challenge to our competitors. All our brands and model series are going electric. That’s shows our consistency. That’s the future.”