Vroom Vroom: BMW's Newest Electric SUV Has Leaked

Vroom Vroom: BMW's Newest Electric SUV Has Leaked

Vroom Vroom: BMW's Newest Electric SUV Has Leaked

Spy photos show the camouflaged prototype of BMW's newest iNext vehicle.

Spy photos show the camouflaged prototype of BMW's newest iNext vehicle.

Text: Valerie Stepanova

As BMW is developing a new flagship electric SUV, there is a lot of speculation on what the name of the production model will be. Previewed by the iNext concept at the 2018 LA Auto Show, the auto manufacturer’s upcoming Jaguar I-Pace fighter has been referred to as the iX5, which makes sense — the model is expected to have similar proportions to the BMW X5, and the company has already confirmed the smaller iX3 is entering production.

The iX5 prototypes have recently been spotted during the cold-weather testing, and the older spy shots have caught the production version of the iNext all camouflaged, roaming the streets of Germany. Though the production body was fully covered up, it was clear that this prototype looks more toned down with a shorter grille and a flatter hood, while still retaining the slim LED headlights.

As for the car’s interior, the BMW iNext is expected to get a new improved interior featuring a curved display with the infotainment system and gauge cluster, as well as a new two-spoke steering wheel. The traditional shifter is to be removed and swapped with a small switch. Besides, the dashboard won’t be connected to the console between the seats the way it has been before, and the controls for the radio, sat-nav and climate control are to be moved into the curved display.

As BMW's new technology flagship, it’s also possible that the iNext will feature the recently unveiled Intelligent Glass Control — a new reflective type of glass that can automatically dim for increased privacy and enhanced climate control. It is also promised to be equipped with advanced Level 3 semi-autonomous technology. The powertrain details are yet to be revealed, but reports suggest the range-topping iNext will use two electric motors producing a combined 500+ horsepower, targeting a WLTP-rated range of 373 miles for the flagship electric SUV.

The production model is expected to officially drop by end of this year. Meanwhile, stay tuned for more camouflage to be leaked between now and the official drop date.

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