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BMW Vision iNext concept revealed

The BMW Vision iNext is a fully autonomous, fully connected, all-electric vehicle.

BMW Group has outed its new Vision iNext concept, previewing the brand's first fully autonomous, zero-emissions vehicle that is set to hit the production line by 2021.

It has yet to be confirmed whether the iNext will be imported locally, with Australian infrastructure and regulations still far from ready for autonomous driving.

To be built at the BMW Dingolfing plant in Germany, the iNext will be a “fully connected” electric vehicle and will join the “i” EV line-up which currently consists of the i3 hatch and i8 sportscar, but will also include the i4 at about the same time.

The move to build the iNext is part of BMW's commitment to launching 25 new models with electrified powertrains by 2025, 12 of which will be purely electric.

According to BMW AG board member responsible for development Klaus Fröhlich, autonomous vehicles, and the iNext in particular, will allow for new ways to experience a journey.

“Personal mobility is set to experience significant change,” he said. 

We can see that the Vision iNext concept is similar in proportion to the X5. We can see that the Vision iNext concept is similar in proportion to the X5.

“The possibilities opened up by autonomous driving and ever-expanding connectivity enable a whole new range of experiences and ways of shaping a journey.

“With this in mind, we have designed the all-electric BMW Vision iNext as a mobile environment that enhances quality of life, a new ‘Favourite Space’ in which we can be ourselves and relax. Indeed, all of BMW’s endeavours will continue to revolve around people – and their needs and desires when it comes to mobility – in the future.”

As for the Vision iNext concept, few specific details are available, however we can see that it is similar in proportion to the X5.

Big 24-inch wheels, a long wheelbase and short overhangs distinguish the concept from conventional vehicles, as well as pillarless suicide doors, cameras that replace traditional exterior mirrors, and touch-sensitive door handles.

Images of the vehicle also show styling cues borrowed from the i Vision Dynamics concept that was shown at last year's Frankfurt motor show – namely – the exaggerated double kidney grille, narrow LED headlights and blue accents throughout.

Inside, an 'Intelligent Beam' system can project information and media, and can also function as a reading light. Inside, an 'Intelligent Beam' system can project information and media, and can also function as a reading light.

Two driving modes are available, 'Boost' and 'Ease', with the former allowing the car to be driven manually, and the latter for autonomous mobility.

When Ease is selected, the steering wheel retracts allowing for more cabin room, and the display switches from driving information to occupant suggestions such as nearby events or destinations they may wish to visit.

Also inside, an 'Intelligent Beam' system can project information and media, and can also function as a reading light. 

BMW has not confirmed any powertrain details at this stage.

The BMW Vision iNext is expected to make its public debut at the Paris motor show next month.

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