BMW reveals first image of next-generation 'i' auto

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The iNext, he said, would be fully electric, powered by fifth-generation battery technology giving it a range of about 700 kilometres, fully connected and would also offer a new level of automated driving.

In BMW's terminology, Vision concepts tend to be slightly further from production and more imaginative, whereas "Concept" models are much more realistic previews of upcoming models. For now, this auto is called iNext Vision and builds on the legacy of the Next 100 concept shown for the first time two years ago.

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Harald Kruger, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG unveiled an initial design concept for the BMW iNEXT.

At BMW's annual shareholders' meeting in Germany on Thursday the company released a teaser image of its future iNext electric auto.

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Releasing a single arty side profile shot of what looks a little like a sporty shooting brake but is actually another SUV, BMW says the iNEXT is a pure-electric concept that will preview a real production model to go on sale in 2021.

And it's now provided the first official glimpse - limited though it may be - at how it will shape up. And I can reveal that we will be presenting the iNEXT as a vision vehicle later this year. It will benefit the entire company and all our brands. For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility. The i4 was originally introduced as the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept, before being given the i4 name, but nobody knows how it looks like since the production vehicle hasn't been shown. It has a distinctive glasshouse incorporating a stylised motif of the kidney grille, similar to that of the i Vision Dynamics concept revealed at last year's Frankfurt motor show.

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"A few years ago, "project i" started out as an independent project".

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