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BMW iNEXT teased ahead of 2021 debut

18 May 2018, 03:18 | Kelvin Horton

BMW iNEXT teased ahead of 2021 debut

BMW has not yet revealed any other details but has stated that the vehicle will boast of high levels of autonomous technology

"For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility in one vehicle", he told the AGM's attendees.

The iNext is created to be a technology showcase for BMW: electric propulsion, full self-driving, and advanced interfaces, said BMW CEO Harald Krueger.

The BMW iNEXT - a new electric flagship for BMW - will arrive in production in 2021, ahead of which BMW has revealed a teaser sketch before a concept arrives later in 2018.

BMW is looking to rekindle consumer excitement after a few subdued years during which Mercedes took the lead in luxury vehicle sales with a revamped model lineup featuring vehicles such as the GLC crossover and a reworked sporty A class. Later this year, BMW iNEXT will be presented as Vision Vehicle. BMW iNEXT Concept will be fully electric, fully connected and highly automated vehicle.

"If that sounds a bit like Lego, that's roughly the idea". It will benefit the entire company and all our brands.

Although not one of the official five levels of autonomy, "level 3.5" will bridge the gap between 3 and 4; the former allows part-time fully autonomous driving but requires human intervention in certain circumstances, while level 4 allows completely human-free driving altogether. "Further models will follow". So now you have the same auto that the Internet refers to with two different names, depending on the timeline. It will be developed in tandem with the i4 electric large sedan concept first seen in Frankfurt in 2017.

As for the interface technology, BMW hinted at the possibilities with its i Future Interaction unveiled at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.

Krüger explained that going forward, all fully electric BMW models introduced would carry the i designation. "With an increased range of about 700 kilometres, electric models will become entirely practical for everyday use", said Krüger.

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