BMW Vision inext
Concept hints at a new electric luxury SUV that’s set to join an expanded BMW i line-up
ABOUT THE SAME size as the X5 SUV, the Vision inext (although it won’t have that name when it goes on sale) is said to be capable of level four autonomy – meaning that, in certain situations such as on the motorway, drivers won’t need to pay attention to what the car is doing.
The concept features super-slim LED headlights, a large central grille and bodywork designed to channel air ef ciently around the car. You can expect most of its styling to be toned down for production, but the oversized grille could well make it on to the nished car.
Inside, the Vision inext isn’t as pod-like as many other autonomous concepts, retaining a steering wheel should the driver choose to take charge of the car. Indeed, BMW of cials have said the company’s cars will always include a steering wheel.
The dashboard features wood and leather trim and includes a widescreen display for infotainment with a smaller screen angled towards the driver, likely to be used as a digital instrument cluster for when the car is being driven.
The Vision inext can travel for around
380 miles on a single charge. Drivers can choose between Boost and Ease modes, with the former allowing the Vision inext to be driven like a normal car. When Ease mode is engaged, however, the steering wheel retracts slightly and the infotainment displays show places of interest near to the car.
There aren’t any other visible control surfaces inside the concept; BMW says this is because it might be possible to integrate controls into wooden or cloth surfaces in the future. For example, in autonomous mode, the driver can make inputs directly into the wooden centre console to control things like the stereo.
The production model will be part of a larger family of i-branded cars from BMW. The company says it plans to sell 25 models with electri ed powertrains (which can include hybrids and plug-in hybrids as well as fully electric cars) by 2025. Of those, 12 will be fully electric.
‘The driver can make inputs directly into the wooden centre console’
BMW says the Vision inext provides the “building blocks” of its future