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BMW iNext Will Have Less Range Than We Expected

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But it still beats its rivals.

There's still a lot of mystery surrounding BMW's upcoming flagship electric SUV, currently known as the iNext. Originally, BMW claimed the production iNext, which is likely to be called the i6, will have a range of over 435 miles, but since lowered that target to over 373 miles. Now, according to AutoExpress, BMW is targeting a maximum range of 360 miles based on Europe's WLTP cycle.

That's less than BMW's original target, but still impressive when compared to its rivals. The Audi e-tron, for example, delivers a range of 250 miles, while the Jaguar I-Pace will last 240 miles on a single charge and the Long Range Tesla Model X has a range of 325 miles.

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via BMW

Powertrain details still haven't been confirmed, but the BMW iNext will ride on the automaker's new "common" platform that will support a range of gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid and fully-electric powertrains. The base model will reportedly use a 63-kWh battery pack and produce 335 horsepower, enabling the iNext to hit 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds. The mid-range model, on the other hand, will reportedly pack a 92 kWh battery, produce 429 hp, and do the 0-62 mph sprint in 3.5 seconds.

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As for the range-topping model, reports have claimed it will have two electric motors, with one located at each axle. The front axle motor will provide 200 hp while the rear will have 335 hp, resulting in a combined output of over 500 hp. According to AutoExpress, the production iNext will likely have a maximum battery size of 120 kWh. As a technology flagship, the iNext will also be equipped with advanced level 3 semi-autonomous technology.

To prepare for production, BMW is currently building 100 iNext prototypes at the automaker's Pilot Plant in the heart of the Research & Innovation Center, which will be used for testing before series production begins. The production version of the BMW iNext is expected to arrive in 2021.

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