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BMW's Next Electric Vehicle Has A Radical New Interior

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Think i3, but with a more attractive exterior.

BMW is currently working on a new mid-size electric SUV, tentatively called the iX5. It will be loosely based on the iNext Concept but with more production-ready styling. We expect the iX5 to be similar in size to the X5 and produce over 500 horsepower with a driving range over 300 miles, making it an excellent rival for the Tesla Model X. BMW has only shown a heavily camouflaged prototype thus far but our spy photographers have managed to provide a good look of what the interior will look like.

The last time we spotted the iX5 out testing, it appeared to have a pretty typical BMW interior with a standard steering wheel and shifter. But in a new batch of spy shots, the iX5 now looks like it will have a much more unique cabin with some design cues from the i3.

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This test mule sports a number of changes since the last time with saw the iX5. For starters, we now have a good look at BMW's curved display, which will be used for the infotainment and gauge cluster. BMW has also opted to delete the traditional shifter in favor of a much smaller switch. As for the steering wheel, it has been replaced with a new two-spoke design like the one used in the i3.

With some of the camouflaging removed inside, we can now see the iX5's disconnected center console, which no longer attaches to the dashboard as it does in most cars. This interior could still change before the iX5 reaches production, but this gives us a nice idea of what the cabin will look like.

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On the exterior, BMW has used electronic switches to open the doors instead of motorized units like the Model X or Jaguar I-Pace. The rear end still houses all of the taillights on the bumper rather than the tailgate, which is an interesting styling choice. We still have a wait before BMW reveals the final name, range, and pricing but the iX5 is starting to come into focus.

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