The BMW Group unveiled the BMW Vision iNEXT concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The BMW Vision iNEXT represents a building block for the future of the BMW Group, encompassing technology, design and new ways of thinking that are set to filter through across the company and its brands.
This is the first time all of the BMW Group’s strategic innovation fields—Autonomous driving, Connectivity, Electrification and Services (ACES)—have been incorporated into a single vehicle, while its design lends them visual expression (D+ACES) and offers a look ahead to the future face of driving pleasure.
The BMW iNEXT production model will roll off the assembly line at Plant Dingolfing from 2021, the new technological flagship transporting the company’s strategic innovation fields (D+ACES) onto the road.
The all-electric BMW Vision iNEXT has been created as a mobile space that offers real quality of life and addresses the need for a new “favorite space” in which to be oneself and to relax.
The geometry of the iNEXT cabin is composed of just a few, clean-cut lines, placing the focus on materials and colors. A mix of cloth and wood creates the kind of sophisticated feel associated with furniture design, helping to give the interior its special “boutique” character.
In the BMW Vision iNEXT, smart technologies stay in the background and out of sight—hence the name Shy Tech—and are only deployed when needed or at the driver’s or passengers’ request. There is virtually no need for either screens or buttons. Functions can be operated using surfaces made of materials such as wood or cloth, like the Jacquard cloth upholstery in the BMW Vision iNEXT. Control of the vehicle is therefore tailored in every respect to the requirements of the people travelling in it.
The BMW Vision iNEXT features a very modern take on the classical BMW four-eyed front end, complete with super-slender headlights, while cameras (rather than exterior mirrors) show what’s happening behind. The windshield merges seamlessly into a large panoramic roof, providing a clear view of the car’s innovative interior.