BMW iNEXT electric SUV to get 580 km driving range?

BMW iNEXT electric SUV to get 580 km driving range?

The BMW iNEXT Concept, which first made its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show, will be the automaker’s next pure electric SUV. Based on a report by AutoExpress, it is said to get an estimated driving range of 580 km based on WLTP standards.

Now, not much is known about the SUV yet, but having 580 km of real-world driving range calls for a big battery pack with a possible capacity of 100 kWh or more. The electric SUV will also get an all-wheel drive powertrain, suggesting that there could be at least two electric motors mounted on each drive axle.

According to the same report, the iNEXT will be one of the first BMW models to sit on the new common platform, which is capable of supporting petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and fully-electric powertrains. However, the iNEXT will exclusively be offered as an electric car, with BMW i boss Robert Irlinger saying that the SUV is designed as a car for “everyday use.”

Recently, BMW also released two teaser photos showcasing the two-spoke polygonal steering wheel and instrument cluster housing. The former features a flat top and bottom, a design which BMW claims to improve long-distance comfort for the driver, and it’s also easier for the driver to recognise the angle of the steering wheel when assuming full driving control after disabling autonomous driving. The iNEXT is said to get Level 3 automation at launch.

The curved display on the dash will be used for both the instruments and the infotainment system. The shape is designed specifically to maximise the driver’s view of the screen, and the positioning of the display and the geometry of the steering wheel have been optimised for the legibility of the information shown.

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Matthew H Tong

An ardent believer that fun cars need not be fast and fast cars may not always be fun. Matt advocates the purity and simplicity of manually swapping cogs while coping in silence of its impending doom. Matt's not hot. Never hot.




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