Ahead of the start of series production in 2021, BMW has released the first photos of its upcoming iNEXT undergoing cold-weather testing in Arjeplog, Sweden. The all-electric SUV was first previewed by the similarly-named Vision iNEXT concept last year, and will be built at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in Germany.

As with previous BMW sneak peeks, the iNEXT development mule seen here is wearing a considerable amount of camouflage as well as fake body panels to mask its design.

However, certain cues can be partly seen like the “blocky” front end that features a rather large (and vertical) front kidney grille flanked by slim headlamps. We’ve been told that the production version of the iNEXT will look quite similar to the concept, and these photos certainly reinforce that notion.

What is not visible here is the concept’s window line that mimics the conjoined kidney grille, although this is likely because of the work BMW has done to cover the section. Similarly, the stylised C-pillar to create a “floating” roof design is also not shown.

BMW didn’t disclose much in the way of powertrain details, with all-wheel drive being one of the features mention. The company merely states its new technology flagship will integrate the topics of automated driving, connectivity, electrification and services (ACES), with testing being carried out to ensure all systems work properly in the harshest of environments.

GALLERY: BMW Vision iNEXT