THE NEXT BIG THING
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.