The interior looks radically different compared to current BMWs.
Earlier this year, BMW finally gave us a first look at its upcoming flagship electric SUV currently known as the iNext. The design will be inspired by the polarizing iNext Concept, but the production model looks toned down as camouflaged prototypes feature a shorter grille and a flatter hood. Another iNext prototype has been spotted by our spy photographers roaming city streets, and this time they managed to get a first look at the interior.
While the cabin is still missing some production panels, we get a good look at the general layout of the dashboard. And though the i4's prototype interior looks a lot like the inside of a BMW 3 Series, the iNEXT has a radically different look.
The digital gauge cluster, for example, appears to be separated from the dashboard in contrast to current BMWs where it’s more integrated into the dash. There’s also no center infotainment screen, but it may not have been added yet since it’s still a prototype. Elsewhere, the steering wheel has the iNext name, suggesting this could be the electric SUV’s final name.
On the outside, the iNext is still disguised in camouflage, but the concept’s missing B-pillar has been reinstated and its wing-mounted cameras have been replaced with conventional rear-view mirrors. However, the concept’s slim LED headlights and swept-back panoramic windshield appear to have been transferred onto the production prototype.
BMW has said the iNext will launch in 2021, so it will likely go on sale for the 2022 model year. It’s also expected to deliver an impressive range of 435 miles and initially offer Level 3 autonomous technology, allowing the driver to take their hands off the steering wheel for extended periods, but BMW plans to test full Level 5 autonomy by 2025.