The production BMW iNext will debut this week.
BMW's new product onslaught continues this week with the long-awaited debut of the production BMW iNext SUV. The covers will officially come off in just a couple of days on November 11. Ahead of the big reveal, our spies managed to catch BMW's flagship electric SUV performing some last-minute testing.
While the exterior camouflage remains, we managed to get some sneaky shots of the high-tech interior when the test driver was away. With fewer covers obstructing the interior, we get a clearer look at the SUV's massive curved dashboard display that dominates the cabin.
The new two-spoke multifunctional steering wheel also features futuristic LED light strips running down the sides, which are partially taped up. Elsewhere, the center console is still covered up, but the prominent rotary dial controlling the i-drive infotainment system is clearly visible.
It's not yet clear if BMW plans to showcase the high-tech interior, but at least we'll finally know the name of the Bavarian automaker's new flagship Tesla Model X fighter. Rumors suggest it will simply be called the iX, but we'll find out in just a few days. Expect the production body to look a lot like the concept unveiled a couple of years ago.
Yes, that means we can expect it to have a giant closed grille housing the SUV's Level 3 semi-autonomous technology. In terms of dimensions, the iNext is expected to slot between the X3 and X5.
Three variants of the iNext are expected to go on sale with three levels of power. The entry-level model will reportedly have 308 horsepower, while the mid-range variant will produce around 522 hp. Topping the range will be a more powerful dual-motor variant with 610 hp. After its debut this week, the iNext will enter production in July 2021, so North American customers may have to wait until 2022 to get behind the wheel of BMW's new electric flagship.