BMW Vision iNext: An X5-Sized SUV From The Not So Distant Autonomous Future

Visitors of the LA Auto Show will have the chance to see for the first time BMW’s futuristic Vision iNext, the company’s latest concept built to preview the ‘future of personal mobility’.

And if that sounds wildly generic, the truth is that this is actually a preview of an electric SUV with autonomous and connected features, that will arrive in 2021. The concept itself is similarly sized to a BMW X5 but claims to offer way more interior space, thanks to the EV-specific architecture that features superior packaging.

What’s powering it?

The electric powertrain comes with front- and rear-mounted motors, as well as a battery tray under the floor. BMW says that the Vision iNext is capable of a 0-62mph (100km/h) sprint in about four seconds, offering a driving range of 380 miles (611km).

The main visual highlight of this latest BMW concept is of course the oversized kidney grille; it’s not actually a grille but a panel that houses sensors for the autonomous system. The interior design is minimalist, mixing wood, fabric and metal with digital displays. The front seats are divided by a table-style console while the rear bench can fit up to four passengers.

There are two drive modes available: Boost and Ease. The first one is the mode you choose if you want to drive yourself, with the digital displays focused on the driver. Choose Ease and the steering wheel folds away for a more comfortable commute as the Vision iNext drives itself.

When can I drive it?

You can’t, at least not in this concept form, but BMW is planning to put a milder version of the Vision iNext into production at their Dingolfing factory in Germany, starting from 2021. It will be positioned as the brand’s technological flagship, promising to open “a new era in driving pleasure”, as well as marking the next step in autonomous and connected technologies.

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  • cbATL

    This isn’t just ugly, it’s VULGAR.

  • Bob

    Another i-car that must have a very good personality.

  • TheBelltower

    At least the i3 is purposeful. But the front of the iNext is deliberately trying to annoy us. It’s too busy for no reason.

  • lagunas3ca

    Interior makes my entire body ache.

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    looks like a child has disign it , why must some electric cars be so ugly.

  • StrangerGP

    Yep, design of the new BMW’s is only going to getting worse.

  • atomicbri

    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck….

  • assassingtr

    Not gonna lie, this made me laugh out loud at work. LOL

  • paulgdeaton

    Darth Vader wants his helmet back…

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    I’m concerned that the design studio saw this in the clay full size and thought, yep this grille is awesome. I thought Bangle had retired years ago lol

  • no25

    And how many cars did it scare away when it showed up for the party?

  • Six Thousand Times

    There’s gotta be a reason it looks so tremendously awful. Maybe the marketeers know what they’re doing but I can’t figure it out.

  • Bash

    I’m almost sure it looks like one of those pigs in angry birds.

  • Knotmyrealname

    It sort of seems too ‘out there’ Simply nowhere near a production car. It’s like the old school concept cars that are just there to get a feel for the next design language maybe. But, so many elements will not make it into production for maybe a decade or so – if ever.
    It’s a ‘why?’ from me.

  • gbmike25

    Utterly hideous

  • D3X

    Not sure if that grille is supposed to be a nose or is it teeth?

  • exeptor

    They should pack all documentation in boxes, put them in the THING and throw everything in an active volcano. The automotive world doesn’t deserve this abomination. The level of ugliness of this thing compared with Fiat Multipla and Pontiac Aztec is the same as comparing them to Talbot Lago or Bugatti Atlantic.

  • Dennis James

    Hopefully you will tell BMW executives that they just approved the worst looking car concept in history. The previous record owner Fiat Multipla is actually better looking than this 🙂

    Seriously, who in the hell would pay salaries to people designing something like this ??

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