Expected to make an appearance sometime next year as an SUV, BMW’s iNEXT concept will pave the way for a new generation of autonomous electric vehicles and give us a sneak peek at what’s to come.
Already set to debut a production ready variant in 2021, the iNEXT concept will be showing off BMW’s new modular platform which can be used to build petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles. Of course with how popular pure electric cars are becoming, some potential customers could be more interested in the concept’s powertrain and battery.
Nothing has been confirmed by BMW yet, but Auto Express claims
the iNEXT could feature a variety of battery sizes because of how flexible the new platform is. Sizes could range from 60kWh to 120kWh, which is good enough to provide a vehicle with at least 280 miles of electric only range on a full charge. At most the battery could deliver an eye-opening 435 miles.
What we do know are the platform’s power outputs, which is tuned to produce 134bhp, 255bhp, 335bhp and 443bhp.
Most will come with four-wheel drive with one motor at each axle, but a triple motor setup is possible and that could deliver up to 800bhp.
The future is drawing closer and head of BMW i Product Management Alexander Kotouc “can promise you that this year you will see something and touch something – you need to let people experience what is coming.”