Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

BMW iNext Concept Will Preview Future Jaguar I-Pace Rival

BMW iNext Concept Will Preview Future Jaguar I-Pace Rival

The company will offer a more concrete concept of the vehicle this year, CEO Harald Krueger said Thursday at the company's annual shareholder meeting. The iNEXT will most likely become the brand's second pure-electric production vehicle, following the i3.

Very little is known about the iNEXT at this point beyond that it will be an electric vehicle inspired by the recent Vision NEXT concepts unveiled by the German premium brand.

BMW has released the first teaser image for its iNext, starting with an initial design concept sketch.

It'll be fully connected as well as fully electrified, with "safe, partially autonomous driving" capabilities.

Therefore, I am not sure how much stock we can put into this first "glimpse" at the iNext today.

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At level 3, the auto is standalone, but the driver takes about 10 seconds to take over if the system cannot continue. The financial terms of the agreement and the name of the automaker was not disclosed.

"It is our modular system for the future". For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility.

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.

While us enthusiasts are frothing at the mouth over cars like the new BMW M5, upcoming BMW 8 Series and soon-to-be revealed BMW Z4, the Bavarians are looking even further into the future. So now you have the same vehicle that the Internet refers to with two different names, depending on the timeline.

"A few years ago, "project i" started out as an independent project". Additionally, BMW will release an electric vehicle for its British Mini brand in 2019 and an electric BMW "X3" by 2020. Going forward, all pure electric BMW models will sport the "i" badge and come equipped with fifth-generation battery technology. "With an increased range of about 700 kilometres, electric models will become entirely practical for everyday use", said Krüger.

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