First glimpse of BMW iNEXT - BMW Group previews Vision Vehicle in 2018

BMW i Vision Dynamics concept 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

"It will benefit the entire company and all our brands".

No doubt, as the reveal of the new iNEXT Concept nears, we'll get something more concrete.

At BMW's annual shareholders' meeting in Germany on Thursday the company released a teaser image of its future iNext electric auto.

Releasing a single arty side profile shot of what looks a little like a sporty shooting brake but is actually another SUV, BMW says the iNEXT is a pure-electric concept that will preview a real production model to go on sale in 2021.

BMW hopes to lead by example in structural reforms of the German automotive industry and will present an "iNext vision vehicle" in the course of the year.

Therefore, I am not sure how much stock we can put into this first "glimpse" at the iNext today.

"If that sounds a bit like Lego, that's roughly the idea". For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility. The iNEXT is fully electric, fully connected, and enables safe, partially autonomous driving.

Likewise the i4, which will be build in Munich (no specific timeframe).

So far, BMW's "Vision Vehicles" have been highly experimental show cars that can give some design cues about the automaker's future, but that's about it. So now you have the same auto that the Internet refers to with two different names, depending on the timeline. The iNext crossover is being developed in parallel with the i4 electric saloon concept we saw at Frankfurt previous year.

"A few years ago, "project i" started out as an independent project". "Now, the letter "i" is coming to our core BMW brand". The first will be its pure electric powertrain, which is expected to center on a 120 kWh battery pack using what BMW calls its fifth-generation battery tech.

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