BMW’s currently most ambitious project is the fully autonomous driving iNEXT. According to BMW, the upcoming iNEXT will begin production at the Dingolfing plant in 2021 and will be some sort of electric crossover. While BMW just claims that it will be a “larger vehicle” sources inside BMW claim that it’s similar in size and shape to the Jaguar I-Pace. So it should be a big larger than the current BMW i3 and more of a crossover than a hatchback.
The rendering below by AutoBild builds upon the same design idea using the proportions of a small BMW crossover – think X2/X4 – and incorporating lots of the design cues from the recently unveiled BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept. The front hints at what future BMW kidney grille might look like, while the laser lights give the car that expected futuristic look.
The car will offer Level 4 automation that requires little to no human intervention, but it will still offer the driver the ability to take the steering in their hands.
BMW also claims that the iNEXT “will also have a new and future-oriented interior and the most modern networking technologies.”
It will also feature the most high-tech lightweight materials and manufacturing techniques, to keep the weight as low as possible. Imagine a lot of carbon fiber in both the chassis and body, so those flexible panels on the Vision NEXT 100 Concept are probably out the window.
So while you won’t be able to dream about chasing down replicants in your futuristic looking BMW, the iNEXT will still be pretty impressive.