SPIED: BMW iNEXT with production steering wheel

SPIED: BMW iNEXT with production steering wheel

The BMW iNEXT had previously been spotted along with parts of its dashboard, while also having been confirmed to use a flat-bottomed steering wheel design. Here, our latest spy images show both together, though the dashboard architecture on this development unit appears to be very much a work in progress.

The instrumentation appears lacking a shroud because it’s likely to be designed so; the display is suggested in an earlier illustration to be a curved item which stands clear of the dashboard structure. The shape of the steering wheel in the iNEXT is said to benefit autonomous driving, where it helps the driver better able to recognise the angle of the wheel when switching back to manual driving, says BMW.

The pure-electric development vehicle’s exterior also appears to remain largely as it was last spotted, where slim-line headlamps bookend what could well turn out to be a large, imposing kidney grille at the front end, such as those on the X7 and the LCI 7 Series.

Sharing a transporter trailer with the iNEXT was a BMW X5 directly above it, which gives us an idea of comparative sizes and shapes between the two. Among the more prominent when viewed in profile is the steeper slant at the base of the Hofmeister kink, which merges into thicker D-pillars.

Range and performance figures have yet to be confirmed for the iNEXT, though early reports suggest a maximum range of over 600 km from powertrain that is expected to be shared with the forthcoming BMW i4 – itself tipped to get a choice of three modular battery kits for range of up to 700 km. As for the iNEXT, the electric SUV will have drive sent to all four wheels, and offer up to Level 3 autonomous driving capabilities.


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Mick Chan

Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.


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