In September two thousand and eighteenth, the Germans from BMW presented the conceptual crossover Vision iNEXT. The prototype was shown aboard a Boeing 777F cargo plane, which landed in such large cities as Munich, New York, San Francisco and Beijing in five days.
The electric BMW Vision iNEXT Concept is intended to demonstrate the direction in which the design of future cars of the Bavarian brand will develop. In terms of dimensions, the car is similar to the current generation X5 crossover, and its design was drawn by the Iranian Nader Fazhizadeh.
Externally, Vision ai Next resembles last year’s i Vision Dynamics prototype. From the latter, the crossover borrowed a massive double radiator grille, behind which are the sensors for the autonomous control system, as well as the contour lighting of the front, rear and side parts of the body. Plus, both concepts have a similar side glazing pattern.
The concept also features narrow headlights, hinged doors and a Liquid Greyrose Copper body. The latter is able to change its shade from warm copper to dark pink (depending on the lighting).
The standard side mirrors are replaced by cameras, and touch-sensitive luminous graphics are used in place of the traditional door handles. The wheels of the car are equipped with huge translucent 24 ″ discs.
As for the passenger compartment, the intelligent Sky Tech system is offered to passengers. Its presence implies the absence of traditional displays in the cabin, while the surface of the center console, the ceiling or inserts on the doors can be used to display information.
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Plus, a part of the Sky Tech complex is a personal virtual assistant. It can be connected to any mobile device or integrated into a smart home system. Everything is controlled from virtual buttons that appear on touch-sensitive wood or fabric surfaces. Also, one cannot fail to mention the unique interior lighting system, which can simultaneously work as an interactive projection screen.
The BMW Vision iNEXT is driven by an electric power plant of the fifth generation, but the Bavarians have not yet revealed its details. The concept itself boasts two driving modes: Boost and Ease. When the first is activated, the driver can drive the car on his own, and when the second is turned on, the autopilot takes over.
In the latter case, the steering wheel will be retracted into the front panel, and the driver’s seat will tilt back slightly, which will provide a little more free space in the front, while other content will be displayed on the main display instead of driver information (for example, a list of nearby interesting places).
It is expected that a commercial version of the model based on the Vision iNEXT prototype will appear in 2021, and the Bavarians will launch an electric SUV at the Dingolfinge plant.