This is our best look yet at the electric BMW iX5 flagship SUV.
It's no secret that BMW is developing a new flagship electric SUV. Previewed by the iNext concept at the 2018 LA Auto Show, BMW's upcoming Jaguar I-Pace fighter is tentatively known as the iX5, but the name of the production model still hasn't been confirmed. We wouldn't be surprised if BMW adopts the iX5 name, however, as the production model is expected to have similar proportions to the BMW X5 and BMW has already confirmed the smaller iX3 is entering production.
Last year, camouflaged prototypes of the iX5 were spotted roaming the streets of Germany, and now cold-weather testing has begun as our spies have caught BMW's new flagship electric SUV playing in the snow. Some of the camouflage has dropped, giving us a clearer look at the BMW iX5's front-end, but the production body is still fully covered up.
Compared to the concept, the production version of the iNext looks toned down with a shorter grille and a flatter hood, while the slim LED headlights have been retained.
As we saw in previous spy shots, the BMW iNext will have a radical new interior design with a curved display housing the infotainment system and gauge cluster and a new two-spoke steering wheel. The traditional shifter has also been removed and swapped with a small switch. Elsewhere, the dashboard isn't connected to the console between the seats like in other BMW models, and the controls for the radio, sat-nav, and climate control have been moved into the curved display.
Being BMW's new technology flagship, the iNext could also feature BMW's recently unveiled Intelligent Glass Control, a new reflective type of glass that can automatically dim for increased privacy and enhanced climate control. It will also be equipped with advanced Level 3 semi-autonomous technology.
Powertrain details are still being kept under wraps, but reports suggest the range-topping iNext will use two electric motors producing a combined 500+ horsepower, while BMW is targeting a WLTP-rated range of 373 miles for the flagship electric SUV. Hopefully, more camouflage will drop between now and the production model's reveal, which should happen by the end of this year.