BMW To launch Next “i” Electric Flagship in 2021

It’s no secret that BMW plans to expand the “i” range with another model, probably even challenging Tesla in the process, but not just yet.

The self-driving, Vision Next 100 concept presented at the beginning of this year, could lay the foundation of a model which will be positioned above the 7 Series, in an attempt for BMW to hold its part against the competition, which is getting stronger and stronger.

While speaking at the company’s 95th Annual General Meeting, in Munich, BMW’s CEO Harald Krüger stated the revolution in automotive engineering has been all about the electric i3, and since BMW has sold more than 50,000 i-branded vehicles to date, the next logical thing would be to supplement the line-up.

Krüger went on saying that in just a few weeks the i3 will be available with 50 percent more battery capacity, while 2018 will mark the debut of the i8 roadster. But, most importantly, all this will be followed in 2021 by the BMW i NEXT, described as a “new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a totally new interior and ultimately bringing the next generation of electro-mobility to the road”.

So, there you have it: BMW will roll out its posh electric machine in five years from now, arriving a bit late to the tech party, but opening a new era of motoring for the German car maker.

At the same time, BMW will have its work cut out with other projects, as Krüger explained.

“It is still unclear which drivetrain will prevail, but we are prepared: We are optimising the combustion engine with Efficient Dynamics NEXT, in which efficient diesel engines will continue to play an important role. At the same time, we are electrifying our vehicles – focusing on battery power for short distances and fuel cells for longer trips. In this area, we are working closely with our partner, Toyota.”

BMW Vision Next 100 concept pictured


  • fabri99

    This thing will be quickly forgotten. To celebrate their 100th birthday, it’s just not that special, although it would be nice to see some of its solutions applied on a new flagship model.

  • Bo Hanan

    So Mr. Bangle was moved to BMW’s “i” division?… Hmmm.


  • S3XY

    Tesla has no competition.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Shark nose looks more like rabbit teeth on modern interpretations.

  • antbee

    I’m seeing a naked mole rat in the face of this thing. Anyone else?

Let’s Take A Closer Look At The 2020 C8 Corvette

The Corvette Stingray C8’s design hasn’t won everyone’s hears – what do you think?.

2020 BMW X1 Pricing And Specs Announced For Australia

Get the 2020 X1 Down Under in the sDrive18i grade from the equivalent of USD $31,320.

Renault’s e-Plein Air Is A Retro Convertible With A Twizy Powertrain

Take a French classic, add a modern electric powertrain and, voila! here’s an interesting concept.

Hyundai Boosts Its Profit Thanks To New SUVs, More Are Coming

Hyundai’s strong performance comes despite the continued slowdown in global economic growth and sales slump in China.

Jaguar J-Pace Confirmed, Could Be Followed By An A- Or B-Pace

Following the success of the F-Pace, Jaguar is working on a larger crossover to battle the BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS.

2021 MINI Countryman Spied Showing Minor Updates

The facelifted MINI Countryman is expected to have a revised grille, modified bumpers and new lighting units.

Toyota To Co-Develop EV Batteries With China’s CATL

The two companies will also work together to explore the reuse and recycling of electric vehicle batteries.

Toyota Introduces Robotic Mascots And Pint-Sized Autonomous Vehicle For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Toyota’s robotic technology will be front and center at the 2020 Olympic Games.

An Electric Cadillac Escalade Is In The Works But Still Years Away From The Road

The all-electric Cadillac Escalade may offer a range of about 400 miles between charges.

Saleen Unveils New Crossover And Electric City Car In China

The company also announced a ‘new’ S7 with 1500 hp.