BMW bets on iNext in sales race with Mercedes

BMW confirms fully autonomous i for 2021

There's not much to tell from this shadowy image, but the vehicle appears to take after the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept, which previews the design of future electric cars from the brand. We've heard that it would be some sort of SUV.

"The iNext project is our building kit for the future", he said.

Being a technological flagship for BMW, the iNext will incorporate multiple technologies that will define the automaker's cars going into the future, the three main ones being electric propulsion, self-driving capability and advanced interfaces.

The iNext, he said, would be fully electric, powered by fifth-generation battery technology giving it a range of about 700 kilometres, fully connected and would also offer a new level of automated driving. That means an electric auto with a high degree of autonomy.

BMW Teases iNext EV

While BMW offered customers software upgrades for diesel vehicles with the motor type "Euro 5" from 2011 onwards, the company does not believe that more costly hardware upgrades demanded in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal are a technically sensible solution. BMW has confirmed the iNext will be capable of Level 4 autonomy, but it will not be enabled when it launches due to a lack of regulatory framework surrounding autonomy.

Through April, BMW's global brand sales grew 2.5 per cent, while Mercedes' registrations surged 13 per cent. So expect the BMW iNEXT to be similar. Details of the system are largely unknown at this time, but are expected to include new gesture controls for the entertainment and climate control systems.

Production electric vehicle will begin at the Dingolfing plant in Germany, writes Motor1.

Previously NV was informed that Audi has carried out final tests of its first electric crossover called the E-Tron.

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