BMW reveals its self-driving, electric iNext vision for the future

BMW teases Vision Vehicle Concept for the 2021 iNEXT

For now, this vehicle is called iNext Vision and builds on the legacy of the Next 100 concept shown for the first time two years ago.

BMW has dropped multiple hints over the past couple of years about a new technological flagship code-named the iNext, and at its annual general meeting held in Munich on Thursday the automaker provided an early glimpse at the vehicle which is due in 2021. We've heard that it would be some sort of SUV.

It is precisely known that new electric auto will get all the most advanced technology, including systems Autonomous (semi-Autonomous) control, advanced security system and the latest infotainment technology.

BMW is perhaps being a bit more circumspect than other premium vehicle makers when it comes to EVs and Autonomy, but it too is heading deep in to an electric future, and at their AGM yesterday Board Chairman Harald Kruger revealed an initial design concept for a new electric BMW iNEXT (above).

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And we highly doubt that the BMW iNEXT, the auto that the Bavarians are hoping will help shape the brand's future, will be a wagon.

A battery of that capacity should yield a total electric range to the tune of 400 miles, perhaps more. "The iNext is fully electric, fully connected, and enables safe, partially autonomous driving". BMW now claims that "level 3.5" autonomy will be possible from the vehicle. Details of the system are largely unknown at this time, but are expected to include new gesture controls for the entertainment and climate control systems.

This is BMW's preview of the iNext, an all-electric, Internet-enabled, semi-autonomous vehicle that will be produced at BMW's Dingolfing plant in 2021.

The image shows an SUV silhouette similar is size to an X5, BMW's mid-size SUV. An i4 sedan has also been confirmed.

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