A new electric vehicle is under work by BMW and they have given us its first glimpse.
Revealing the teaser image at Thursday's annual general meeting of shareholders, management board chairman Harald Kruger said the iNext had already been greenlighted for production at BMW's Dingolfing plant alongside the i4, starting in 2021, and would be the company's new technology flagship, "incorporating all major strategic areas of innovation in a road-ready vehicle". We can expect the final design to be similar in size and shape to an X5, in other words a mid-size SUV.
Krüger said: "The iNext project is our building kit for the future". That means an electric vehicle with a high degree of autonomy.
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Last year, BMW's head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, casted doubts on Tesla's ability to produce Model 3 in volume at $35,000 and in the process, he said that the iNext will be the real competitor in the same segment.
In 2016, the automaker announced plans to launch the iNext.
Through April, BMW's global brand sales grew 2.5 per cent, while Mercedes' registrations surged 13 per cent. That iNext too, will sit on a modular platform - BMW even says "if that sounds a bit like Lego, that's roughly the idea". The highlight was a gesture control system called AirTouch that enables control of entertainment, navigation and communication functions using purely hand gestures. Not much could be made out of it, but it does give us an idea about it. The model is dubbed as BMW iNEXT and is expected to enter into production by the year 2021. The first of these will be an electric Mini Hardtop due in 2019.