We got our first good look at BMW’s new electric iNext, on sale in 2021
NEW YORK—You have to hand it to BMW. Our first look at its new Vision iNext concept car—a production version of which arrives in 2021—was certainly memorable. I’ve seen concepts unveiled at auto shows and at design studios, but this was definitely the first time I’ve seen one introduced in the belly of a Boeing 777F parked under a cover at Kennedy Airport in New York. Ars was invited to get up close and personal with the iNext, which is an important vehicle for BMW. When the production version goes on sale in 2021, it will be the first use the company’s new vehicle architecture and its first long-range battery electric vehicle.
BMW says we can think of the iNext as “Project i 2.0,” Project i being the sub-brand that has given us the rather good i3 and the sublime i8. But let’s be honest: both of those EVs served rather limited niches; a crossover is always going to have mass appeal. And so a crossover is what we have; one with bold styling and some thoughtful ideas for the future of UI, UX, and interior cabin design that BMW will hopefully iterate into production.