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BMW gives sneaky peak of iNEXT SUV concept

BMW gives sneaky peak of iNEXT SUV concept

Harald Kruger, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG unveiled an initial design concept for the BMW iNEXT.

While this sketch offers us a vague glimpse at the iNext, BMW CEO Harald Krüger has confirmed a formal concept previewing the iNext will be revealed sometime in 2019.

Keeping up with BMW's constantly changing terminologies can be quite challenging, so we are not sure why is this BMW concept that was originally introduced as the BMW Vision Next 100 and now known as the iNext, is now being introduced once again as a Vision Vehicle.

"For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility", Krueger said.

Set to be the same size as the firm's current X5, the iNEXT will sit on BMW's next-generation common platform that will also underpin conventional petrol and diesel cars, plus plug-in hybrids.

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BMW has offered up its first official "look" at its iNext technology flagship. For now, this vehicle is called iNext Vision and builds on the legacy of the Next 100 concept shown for the first time two years ago. It will benefit the entire company and all our brands.

The iNext has been developed alongside the i4 liftback EV, which was shown in pre-production form at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show under the name i Vision Dynamics concept. Both models tie into BMW's grand plan of releasing 25 electrified models by 2025; 12 will be full EVs.

Through April, BMW's global brand sales grew 2.5 per cent, while Mercedes' registrations surged 13 per cent.

The iNext's electric powertrain will pair with a new semi-autonomous driving system that will enable Level 3 autonomy. Going forward, all pure electric BMW models will sport the "i" badge and come equipped with fifth-generation battery technology.