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BMW Solves Mystery About New Flagship SUV

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Here's your first official look inside the BMW iNext.

Earlier this month, we were given our first look inside the BMW's upcoming Tesla X fighter, the electric iNext SUV, which is expected to be called the i5. Since the prototype was still a work in progress, many of the interior elements were still covered up. Curiously, the infotainment display appeared to be missing, while the digital gauge cluster was separated from the dashboard.

Since then, BMW has given a first official look inside the cabin of the iNext, confirming the electric SUV will feature a huge curved display integrating both the instrument cluster and infotainment system in contrast to most premium cars that have two separate displays.

The huge screen will be oriented towards the driver and made from high-quality materials according to Domagoj Dukec, Head of BMW Design. "The curved, single-section display is the central control element and represents the modern interpretation of driver orientation. It occupies a dominant central position in a highly iconic display structure that provides a highly distinctive display experience," he explained.

"The Curved Display is set in high-quality materials and is virtually freely suspended on the instrument panel. This makes it a key element in terms of the modern, luxurious and generous sense of space in the BMW iNEXT." In other words, it will give the illusion that it's floating on the dashboard.

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According to BMW, the Curved Display is positioned in such a way passengers won't be able to see its connection to the instrument panel. Taking inspiration from modern consumer electronics technology, the curved display will be held in place by an extremely slim magnesium bracket and feature non-reflecting glass eliminating the need to fit a hood to reduce glare.

Due to enter production in 2021 at BMW's Dingolfing factory in Germany, the electric SUV will take advantage of the company's fifth-generation electric drive system for long-range EVs. As BMW's technology flagship, the electric SUV is expected to deliver over 373 miles of range and support level 3 autonomous driving. Let's just hope the final design doesn't look as hideous as the concept.

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