Production iNext The First To Be Based On BMW’s Radical New Platform

BMW will put the Vision iNext in production in 2020, and it shall be the first that’s based on a new platform designed for use in ICE, plug-in hybrids and purely battery powered vehicles.

This will enable BMW not only to be more flexible with future models, but even build cars with different propulsion systems on the same production line.

The radical new platform will underpin every future BMW model from the 3-Series upwards, enabling the German car maker to build cars even with a rear-engine configuration, Autocar reports.

BMW Group wants to build all of its future cars on just two platforms; one for the more affordable front-wheel drive models and one for the more expensive rear- and all-wheel drive cars.

The production version Vision iNext will be based on the latter, as it will feature a rear mounted electric powertrain as standard. Plug-in hybrid models will get both a rear-mounted electric motor and a transversely mounted internal combustion engine at the front. Traditional ICE models will retain the classic rear-wheel drive, front-engine layout.

Inside sources said that the maximum range for pure battery-electric models could reach up to 450 miles (724km), while the plug-in hybrids will offer an electric range of around 60 miles (100km).

Of course the new modular platform will incorporate new autonomous-driving technologies, which will eventually allow future BMWs Level 5 autonomy, meaning there’s no need for a driver. The first step however will the Level 3 self-driving system that will appear in the production version of the iNext, offering a “hands off, eyes off” autonomy up to 80 mph (130 km/h) on motorways.

BMW will start testing Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous systems in 2021 with a fleet of development cars.

more photos...
  • no25

    how unfortunate

  • Six_Tymes

    how fortunate

  • Paul

    BMW styling cues overkill here.

  • S3XY

    Strangest looking thing

  • ME

    Adrian Van Hooydonk (head) Jozef Kaban(chief design) Domagoj Dukec (I division and M) should all get fired.
    I don’t like their design philosophy. Way too ugly and nothing about their work reflect “German design”

  • DR.FUNK

    Sounds like they want one platform to be capable of being one-size-fits-all.From one assembly line no less.
    Won’t say that’s not possible…but my money is on CATASTROPHE.

  • These side windows have to be the ugliest thing on the planet

BMW M2 Competition, M4 And Others Recalled Over Potentially Faulty Airbags

Certain 2019-2020 2-Series, 3-Series and 4-Series models are also included in the recall.

Several States Want To Use Credit Cards At EV Stations, Security Concerns Arise

Most current electric vehicles chargers use an app or secure, contactless payment methods.

Corvette Z06 Driver Does A Mustang By Attempting Burnout, Ending Up In Ditch

The ‘Vette disappears in a cloud of white smoke before crashing in an embarrassing manner.

Red Is So Overrated; Ferrari SF90 Stradale Is Much Better In Azzurro Dino Blue

The SF90 Stradale uses a twin-turbo V8 and three electric motors – and looks stunning in that hue.

Watch A VW Driver Try To Inflate Their Tires With… An EV Charger!

An EV charger looks nothing like an air pump – yet, somehow this driver thought it would do the trick.

You Don’t Have To Be An Aston Martin Fan To Be Mesmerized By The New Vantage

The baby Aston combines killer looks with lots of grunt in a nearly perfect package.

Honda City Car Lets You Take A Hot Bath And Relax While Being Driven Around

This sounds crazy, but with the advent of fully autonomous cars, maybe it’s not such a bad idea after all.

Nissan Willing To Budge To Make Renault Happy Moving Forward

The Japanese carmaker is considering giving its partner seats on oversight committees.

Jaguar I-Pace Recalled Over An Issue With Its High-Tech Brakes

If the regenerative system fails, this could lead to a delay in deceleration and, thus, longer stopping distances .

2019 BMW 2-Series GC Is Quite A Looker In Two-Door Coupe Guise

The 2-Series Gran Coupe will rival the Merc CLA – and a real coupe wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all.