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BMW gives sneaky peak of iNEXT SUV concept

BMW Teases iNext EV

From what we can see, the iNEXT looks to be some sort of Shooting Brake or Crossover rather than a new range-topping electric saloon, and Kruger says it will be BMW's new technology Flagship: "We are combining all key technologies for future mobility in one vehicle", he said.

There's little to deduct from the teaser shot, which is basically an abstract drawing that could be implied as a vehicle.

Now it's not much, but today at the company's Annual General Meeting, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Harald Kr├╝ger, unveiled an initial design concept for the iNEXT.

At BMW's annual shareholders' meeting in Germany on Thursday the company released a teaser image of its future iNext electric auto. The iNext will be based on this concept which the BMW calls as the Vision Vehicle and will serve as a preview to the actual final production model. The same powertrain will be used for the i4.

A battery of that capacity should yield a total electric range to the tune of 400 miles, perhaps more.

Latest reports suggest that when the iNEXT launches it won't offer fully autonomous driving. "Later this year, we will be presenting the BMW iNEXT as a Vision Vehicle".

Although not one of the official five levels of autonomy, "level 3.5" will bridge the gap between 3 and 4; the former allows part-time fully autonomous driving but requires human intervention in certain circumstances, while level 4 allows completely human-free driving altogether. That follows an announcement previous year that the company would launch cars able to drive themselves on the highway by 2021.

Lastly, iNext is expected to showcase BMW's next-generation human-machine interface. The gesture controls will pair with new connectivity functionality, similar that previewed by BMW in 2016 at the CES show.

Krueger said a full concept version of the auto will appear later this year. It will follow an electrified Mini and BMW X3 in BMW's quest to launch 12 electric vehicles by 2025.

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