BMW iNext Electric SUV Spied Up Close Losing Some Cladding

Next year, BMW will unveil the all-electric flagship SUV iNext. The teaser campaign is well underway, but the latest batch of spy photos gives us our best insight into the still unnamed technological tour de force. The test vehicle wears little cladding, showing off the finer styling details of the SUV, with close-up photos offering a glimpse of headlight and taillight designs, a funky C-pillar, and much more.

The detailed plans are what make this bundle of spy photos exciting. We get some great images of the headlights, which replace the “angel-eye” daytime running light design with something more like an eyebrow at the top of the light. The lack of coating reveals the design of the vertical bumper with the massive grille in the front and center. It will serve as the SUV’s “eye”, housing the car’s Level 3 semi-autonomous driving technology sensors. Underneath is a noticeably deep and wide lip spoiler.

Move back and the photos reveal a funky-looking pinched C-pillar design reminiscent of the i3 sedan look. At the rear of the SUV is a wide opening for the tailgate with the tail lights fully housed in the tailgate. You can spot the diffuser under the bumper, but you won’t find any tailpipes.

The powertrain will consist of batteries and electric motors only, but it will arrive with three horsepower: 308 horsepower (229 kilowatts), 522 horsepower (389 kW) and 610 horsepower (454 kW). That power will go to all four wheels of a vehicle sized to sit between the X3 and X5 when it goes on sale next year. The range is expected to exceed 600 kilometers (373 miles), although that figure likely applies to the optimistic WLTP test cycle.

BMW has yet to choose a name for the new SUV. The concept was created with the nickname iNext. However, rumors have hinted that BMW might call it the iX, iX5 and even I20. We expect BMW to continue teasing the new model ahead of the official reveal, where we’ll learn a lot more about the model, including the name.

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