For Better Or Worse, BMW’s Production iNext CUV Will Look Like The Concept

BMW’s latest concept, the  iNext Vision that we saw in LA last week, previews a new electric SUV with advanced autonomous systems.

Speaking with Top Gear at the LA Auto Show, Hooydonk confirmed that the production version of the iNext will share a lot of its design with the concept.

“It’s a vision car so it shows all the ideas that we have and that we’re working on,” Hooydonk said. “The production car is a little far away at the moment, 2021 is what we’re aiming for. By and large you will certainly recognize this concept car in the production vehicle.”

And while the front end of the iNext might remind some people the face of a rodent, there are some cool details scattered around, including the protruding taillights.

“The tail end of that car will be very aerodynamic,” Hooydonk added. “The glasshouse tapers strongly to the rear. You need some vertical trailing off edges and the tail lamp plays a role in that. Nearly all our tail lamps do it; we always make sure there’s a trailing edge where the air can come off cleanly.”

Hooydonk says that the process of designing BMW i cars is more entertaining, as the design team has way more freedom than say a replacement for an existing BMW saloon or SUV.

“We consider BMW i as a start-up within the inner walls of our company. The job of i is to innovate, excite and inspire, both in technology and design terms. We feel much freer when we design an i product. The i3 and i8 opened up a door we didn’t even know was there for the design of the core products.”

Part of the reason the iNext’s front “grille” is so massive is because it houses sensors for the radar-based autonomous system. The iX3 concept also had a similar treatment up front but the iNext Vision takes things to a whole new level, especially when combined with those slim headlights.

Realistically, BMW could tone down the front end and make most people happy but that’s something we have to wait and see.

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  • Cool guy

    HOT KNIFE IN THE BUTTER!

  • Cool guy

    TURD!!!

  • D3X

    Build it, it’ll be famous for making the ugliest vehicle since the Aztek. BMW hasn’t been known for beautiful designs for a long while, so let’s go for the deep end.

  • Tinky-Winky

    From the ultimate driving machine to vacuum cleaner -_-

    • Shtekeris

      Ah, but it’s ultimate vacuum cleaner

      • Mike anonymous

        Ah,. touché

  • ME

    The Germans first destroy their own country by inviting turds in, now they want to kill off one of the most respected brands in the world.

    • Jay

      Yeah what’s your news source? Fox news? Please elaborate how our country is being “destroyed” and then what the product choice of one company has to do with “the Germans” wanting to kill off said company?

    • charlie bear

      These turds are human being like you. Plus they have nothing to do with BMW. Aren’t you ashamed for being racist!!

      • ME

        Not ashamed as I don’t bow down to leftist BS like you do.

      • ME

        HELL NO.

    • blasphemermantis

      Those thurds came 20-30 years ago, have been building BMWs, VWs, MBs.
      Some of their younger generation engineering and designing these cars today. I am one of those turds.

      “Empty can rattles the most”
      Your blabbering has no common sense, nor any data.

      • ME

        Sure it does, SOY BOY!

      • ME

        NO BODY WANT TURDS.

  • NOT IF PEOPLE DON’T BUY IT.

    • Dennis James

      But if people get to buy it or not, it means that it is already on the market…so it’s too late to cancel it 🙂

      • Mike anonymous

        That’s what they said about the 2015 Chrysler 200.

  • Dennis James

    I literally have not seen a company sink as fast as BMW. All of their latest models are bland or ugly or both. The lack of inspiration of BMW designers is unbelievable. The BMW i3 would have probably sold 10 times as much if it looked like a (still ugly) 1-series. Now this iNext looks to take the prize as the ugliest car in history. Well, at least they will be number one at something again.

    I hate what’s happening at BMW because I own a BMW, it’s time to replace it and I just don’t have a choice in BMW lineup, a choice that would be worth my money. It looks like it will be simply be an Alfa Romeo for me.

  • eb110americana

    I think this is salvageable. Here’s what you’ve got to do between now and production.
    -Don’t paint it a color that looks like pre-chewed gum.
    -Make it wider and a bit taller. The proportions and detailing make it look super-fragile as-is, which is not what you want on a crossover.
    -Slim down the height of the side glass, especially on the front doors for proportions again.
    -Don’t upholster the interior in a color that looks like fuzzy pre-chewed gum.
    -Don’t upholster the rear seats in 1990s basement, do-in-yourself spackle texture-in-a-can.
    -Keep the slim taillights. They are clean and slick looking.
    -Get rid of the ridiculous oversize grilles on…everything BMW actually. This is not a competition with Acura for the ugliest belt buckle.
    -Don’t make the entire thing out of carbon fiber and charge a small fortune for one.

  • TheBelltower

    Unlike the goofy i3, this is not a purposeful design. This is messy for the sake of being different. It’s warped plastic for no reason. I understand that buyers want something unique, different, and unconventional compared to what has existed before. But this is the kind of fake-futuristic stuff that we saw in the 1980s.

  • Bo Hanan

    “2021?” Good! That’s three years to clean up this mess of a design.

  • Mike anonymous

    Before the BMW lost it’s lead designer for their “i” brand, Before BMW introduced the 2011 i8 & i3 Concept Vehicles, and Before the vehicle below (after prototype testing had already begun and) had it’s plug pulled in favor of the i8 SportsCoupe,.. There was the “BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept”.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf2a9f6534398972d0fc707478a3794d85d26ab6e9f3cc7d9fc1285f9742d2b3.png

    This was back before a number of key BMW designers had left the company, and prior to the work BMW’s new designers have done (i.e. BMW “6-Ser(…wait sorry,) “8-Series”, BMW “Vision iNEXT Concept”, & “I Vision Dynamics Concept”).

    This was around 2008/2009. The concept was green-lit for production and primarily testing began during 2009-2010 (slated for a release of 2013), Before it was subsequently canceled and replaced with the i8 Concept sports-car (which actually took it’s inspiration from this) in 2011. (Spy shots of the vehicle testing are shown below).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/af3f4ffc6040e49f8edc42f1dd688ba52c301a9f1483b1181de1e06ef56227ba.png

    Its design was purposeful, (even with the ‘impractical glass doors’ there were real structural elements for crash safety). The materials and layout were eco-friendly and realistically could be applied to a production model (more than just to ‘look’ pretty). Goodness, if anything it was actually practical with rear seats a full size adult could actually get into and sit in (without needing to even move the front seat). It had headlights that could actually be put into a production vehicle too (not these little impractical lights that eventually will force the production model to take the “Jeep Cherokee” approach to lighting, with real headlamps (you know, the thing with the DRL’s on the top and the real lights separately below)).

    During & Prior to the 2000’s, Even going into the early 2010’s as far as around 2013 (maybe even 2014), BMW design was at the top of it’s game (especially around 2006-2012 in regards to the 21st century (in my opinion)). I still have hope that BMW can clean things up and get back to where they we’re.

  • Mike anonymous

    Before the BMW lost it’s lead designer for their “i” brand, Before BMW introduced the 2011 i8 & i3 Concept Vehicles, and Before the vehicle below (after prototype testing had already begun and) had it’s plug pulled in favor of the i8 SportsCoupe,.. There was the “BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept”.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf2a9f6534398972d0fc707478a3794d85d26ab6e9f3cc7d9fc1285f9742d2b3.png

    This was back before a number of key BMW designers had left the company, and prior to the work BMW’s new designers have done (i.e. BMW “6-Ser(…wait sorry,) “8-Series”, BMW “Vision iNEXT Concept”, & “I Vision Dynamics Concept”).

    This was around 2008/2009. The concept was green-lit for production and primarily testing began during 2009-2010 (slated for a release of 2013), Before it was subsequently canceled and replaced with the i8 Concept sports-car (which actually took it’s inspiration from this) in 2011. (Spy shots of the vehicle testing are shown below).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/af3f4ffc6040e49f8edc42f1dd688ba52c301a9f1483b1181de1e06ef56227ba.png

    Its design was purposeful, (even with the ‘impractical glass doors’ there were real structural elements for crash safety). The materials and layout were eco-friendly and realistically could be applied to a production model (more than just to ‘look’ pretty). Goodness, if anything it was actually practical with rear seats a full size adult could actually get into and sit in (without needing to even move the front seat). It had headlights that could actually be put into a production vehicle too (not these little impractical lights that eventually will force the production model to take the “Jeep Cherokee” approach to lighting, with real headlamps (you know, the thing with the DRL’s on the top and the real lights separately below)).

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bc8bdde0f20fd654304bba169898efd0eb854ffdca7462f1145f0273bed20a70.png

    Their most recent concepts don’t come close to the realism (creating concepts that could actually see the light of day in production virtually untouched), style, class, and design, of the BMW of old, at least in my own opinion.

    During & Prior to the 2000’s, Even going into the early 2010’s as far as around 2013 (maybe even 2014), BMW design was at the top of it’s game (especially around 2006-2012 in regards to the 21st century (in my opinion)). I still have hope that BMW can clean things up and get back to where they we’re.

  • WalthamDan

    The automotive equivalent of Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus

  • Sukhoi31m3

    My God………..

  • D3X
  • Sjaak

    Big grills are there for just one function. When you see them in your mirror they shout “get out of my way !!” Me, they make me laugh, i feel sorry for their drivers.

  • Marc Gruben

    That’s the beauty and genius of owning an Alfa. As long as it’s under warranty you’ll have a new car in your driveway every week and you can drive wherever you want without putting mileage on your own car.

  • Marc Gruben

    Just change the name to “Bavarian Rodent Works”, and their slogan to “The Ultimate Marketing Machine”

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