BMW's Flagship Electric SUV Won't Be Pretty

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Renderings of the new electric iX flagship aren't exactly flattering.

At BMW, steps are being taken to ensure relevance in the burgeoning electric vehicle space, and the company is pinning many of its hopes on the Vision iNext. First unveiled as a highly stylized, futuristic concept back in September of 2018, the Vision iNext's dramatic, overwrought design has been toned down some as the electric flagship makes its way toward volume production.

Notice how we said "flagship." That's not a misprint; BMW is banking on the pure-electric crossover taking the mantle from the luxurious BMW 7-Series sedan and becoming the brand's new top dog.

But what will this new "top dog" actually look like? While BMW still hasn't unveiled the production version of the battery-electric crossover, we do have some idea of how it will look, thanks in part to a new set of renderings by zer.o.wt on Instagram.

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Seen here looking significantly more toned-down than the Vision iNext concept, the rendered vehicle appears to be informed by BMW's promotional prototype photos. The vehicle retains its faux inlet panels on either side of the grille, but they've been downsized significantly, while the headlamps have grown from the tiny, almost imperceptible slits shown on the 2018 concept. The faux grille, still donning BMW's new corporate look, has been brought down to a more reasonable size, as well.

Out back, the rear hatch and bumper cover look much more production-ready, with thicker horizontal tail lights in the same basic shape previewed by the concept.

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The BMW iNext - which could be brought to market as the "iX" or possibly "i6" - is expected to debut later this year, just ahead of the forthcoming pure-electric BMW i4 sedan. Reportedly, it will be offered in three different output levels, with 335-, 429-, and 500-plus-horsepower options, supplied by batteries ranging from 63 to 120 kWh in capacity. At the top end, that could mean range of up to 360 miles on a single charge, according to the European WLTP test cycle. The US EPA uses a more harsh testing method that typically results in lower range estimates.

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