Munich - BMW’s new iNext concept not only shows where BMW is going in terms of styling and technology, it’s also set to become a reality in its own right.
Described as “highly automated, fully connected and emission-free”, the electric SAV concept is set to spawn a production model in 2021, which will take centre stage as BMW’s technological flagship.
“The iNext project will provide our building blocks for the future, from which the entire company and all of its brands are set to benefit,” said BMW board chairman Harald Krüger.
The showroom car will no doubt be toned down to some degree and it remains to be seen just what level of autonomy it will offer - notwithstanding the legislative hurdles that will still be in place in many countries.
Nonetheless the iNext concept imagines a future in which motorists can choose to drive themselves (Boost mode) or be driven (Ease model). In the latter case the steering wheel retracts and the display panels switch from driving-related content to “Exploration Mode.”