The all-electric Tesla fighter has great expectations.
A little over two years since the concept version was unveiled, the production-spec BMW iNext will officially make its feature debut next week. The Munich-based automaker has just made the announcement and, hopefully, we'll find out once and for all whether it'll be called iNext or iX. Unfortunately, this will only be a soft launch; just a partial reveal will happen during the company's #NEXTGen 2020 event, which gets underway on November 10.
The all-electric SUV and Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron fighter will premiere the following day, the 11th. BMW says the event will be split into various online formats, including a six-part series called "Chasing iNEXT" that offers a behind the scenes perspective on the development of the new flagship model. In fact, the series' soundtrack was written by Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.
BMW Motorrad, the motorcycle division, also has something new to show next Wednesday and Mini has something new to reveal on November 17. The BMW X5-sized iNext (or iX) remains the event's most important debut. How much of the vehicle will be fully revealed remains uncertain at this time. We'll certainly see the exterior from just about every angle and, hopefully, a few close-up images. The interior may or may not be shown.
Based on some previous spy images, we can expect a fully or mostly digital cockpit with a pair of large screens. Needless to say, the SUV will be filled with advanced technologies that are expected to surpass both the 7 Series and X7.
In terms of power, the base model is expected to produce around 308 horsepower. A mid-range M Sport derivative could offer about 522 hp while the range-topper is expected to have at least 610 hp thanks to a pair of electric motors. Expect BMW X5 M-like overall performance. Electric range, however, still remains a mystery. The entry-level model will need to hit around 300 miles on a single charge to be competitive while the most expensive version should come close to 400 miles.
Assuming everything still remains on schedule, global production will get underway next July and it may not be until sometime in 2022 until the iNext/iX reaches American shores. Some updates regarding this calendar may also be announced at next week's event.