BMW iNext Spied With New Wheels, Same Giant Grille
BMW is moving at full speed with the development of the iNext as our spies nabbed a prototype undergoing road testing somewhere in Germany. It is a heavily camouflaged vehicle but it carries all the production elements. And yes, that also includes the giant grille.
In July of this year, BMW teased the final grille design and explained that it will not be used for airflow. Instead, it will serve as the “eye” of the electric SUV and house the technology necessary for its semi-autonomous Level 3 capabilities. Level 3 means that the driver should still watch the vehicle, but in certain situations, depending on the conditions. conditions, the car would be able to drive itself. Weeks before making the announcement, the automaker said it won’t be using the giant grille on all of its future models, but apparently the iNext will get it.
Compared to previously touted prototypes, this test car has a new design for the wheels, most likely focusing on optimized airflow for a lower drag coefficient. The rims don’t look exactly production ready, but we’re sure they’ll be available for the iNext in a very similar form once sales start.
Speaking of the SUV’s market launch, BMW has not released its exact schedule for the debut and on-sale date, but it is believed that the EV will go on sale at some point next year. Power will be provided by a next-generation electric powertrain with three powers: 308 hp (229 kilowatts), 522 hp (389 kW) and 610 hp (454 kW). A single charge of the batteries will provide enough juice for up to 373 miles (600 kilometers) as measured by the more optimistic WLTP cycle.
The iNext (name not yet confirmed) will be produced at BMW’s Dingolfing plant where the automaker has invested around $ 475 million. Thanks to this, the party will be able to assemble up to 500,000 electric vehicles per year by 2023.