BMW iNext Spied In Detail, Showing Off Smooth Styling
A new bundle of spy photos offers a fantastic preview of the upcoming BMW iNext. While the camouflage hides specific design details, it’s easy to get a feel for what this EV looks like when the cover comes loose.
The iNext has a sleek, no-frills style. There aren’t a lot of styling frills that are obvious at this point.
BMW positions the iNext as a technological tour de force. One of the more interesting decisions is what the company does with its iconic grille. As an electric vehicle, the openings for cooling the motor are no longer necessary. Instead, engineers fill this area with lots of sensors to serve as an “eye” for the iNext.
State-of-the-art technology gives the iNext Level 3 a stand-alone capability. A driver still needs to watch the vehicle, but in some situations the car could steer itself.
The iNext will use BMW’s fifth-generation EV powertrain. Although horsepower figures are not yet available, the company predicts the range will exceed 600 kilometers (373 miles), at least in the rather optimistic WLTP cycle. Expect multiple powertrain variants to eventually be available, but maybe not at launch.
BMW will build the iNext at its factory in Dingolfing, Germany, after a € 400 million investment in the factory. The upgrades will allow the plant to build multiple models with different powertrains on the same assembly line. The site will be able to build up to 500,000 electric vehicles per year by 2022.
BMW will fully launch the iNext in 2021, and it will go on sale later this year. As the premiere approaches, expect more camouflage to come off the development vehicles.