THE NEXT BIG THING

Herald Sun - Motoring - - INSIDE LINE -

Global cus­tomer de­mand will see to it that BMW’s most fu­tur­is­tic ve­hi­cle yet doesn’t look any­thing like the Vi­sion Next 100 con­cept shown here. BMW elec­tro­mo­bil­ity ex­pert Dr Alexan­der Ko­tuoc (inset) says the iNext, due in 2021, will be a mid-size elec­tric SUV rather than a sedan but will mir­ror the con­cept’s em­pha­sis on au­ton­o­mous driv­ing and con­nec­tiv­ity. “The next big im­prove­ment in bat­tery tech­nol­ogy won’t come un­til 2020 and the next big step in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence will come around the same time,” he says. “You get the pic­ture with iNext.” Purists needn’t worry: Ko­touc says the driv­ing experience will be the same (com­plete with steer­ing wheel) but the driv­e­train and driv­ing modes will be a mas­sive leap ahead of the op­po­si­tion.

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