The BMW iNEXT may still be at least three years away from production, but Munich has already released the first teaser sketch of its next-generation, fully-electric BMW i model.

From the sole side view provided, the car features a long, low-slung roofline, with notched side windows that were also seen on the i Vision Dynamics concept. The prominent fender bulges hint of it being an SUV, which would put it into contention with other bespoke electric premium SUVs.

These include models such as the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Audi e-tron quattro and Jaguar I-Pace. The company already has the iX3 in development that will take on these vehicles in the short term.

Set to offer advanced technologies such as full connectivity and highly automated driving, the iNEXT will be previewed by a concept car later this year, similar to how the i Vision Dynamics presaged the upcoming i4. The car will be built on a new modular architecture that will be shared with other models in the BMW lineup.