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BMW’s iNext Offers a Glimpse at Automaker’s Autonomous, Electrified Future

Show car offers broad hints about BMW's next all-electric model.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Sep.15, 2018

BMW offered a handful of journalists a sneak peek at the iNext concept during an around-the-world tour.

BMW was one of the first of the traditional automakers to enter the plug-in vehicle market, well ahead of luxury rivals like Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus. But it has been slow to follow up on its original i3 and i8 models, especially when it comes to all-electric offerings, even as those competitors have laid out aggressive plans to launch literally dozens of their own new products in the coming years.

BMW has been dropping hints about where it might go next for several years. And the Bavarian automaker is looking to get back in the game with the appropriately named iNext, an all-electric and autonomous crossover set to make its debut in 2021.

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A handful of select media outlets, including TheDetroitBureau.com, got a chance to check out a prototype version of the iNext during an otherwise top-secret, around-the-world series that took the concept vehicles from Germany to New York, then Los Angeles and, finally, Beijing.

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BMW Looking to Go Beyond the X5 (and 6 and 7)

The future may include some truly radical approaches.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Sep.14, 2018

The latest version of the BMW iNext Concept adopts a more SAV-like body design.

Even as the newest version of the X5 gets ready to roll into showrooms around the world, BMW is looking at ways to expand its presence in the fast-growing market for sport-utility vehicles.

The automaker took what seemed like a big risk when it launched the original X5 “Sports-Activity Vehicle” in 1999, but dmand for high-line utes has grown exponentially, leading it to move down-market, all the way to the base X1, with a new flagship, the X7, set to debut next year.

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“We see even more demand from our customers,” said Carson Gruber, the BMW AG marketing executive overseeing high-line products like the X5 and X7, during an interview with TheDetroitBureau.com. “BMW is a learning company….and we’re capable of identifying new trends.”

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BMW Opening Autonomous Vehicle Development Center in Germany

Automaker looks to open center mid-2017.

by Joseph Szczesny on Dec.21, 2016

BMW plans to open a new autonomous vehicle development center just south of Munich next year.

BMW has formally entered the race to build a self-driving car by announcing it plans to build a development center just outside of Munich in southern Germany.

BMW has said the iNEXT – a self-driving, electric and fully connected vehicle – is scheduled for release in 2021 with an entire range of automated models from BMW Group brands expected to follow.

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As part of the effort to reach its goal, the BMW Group plans to combine its development expertise in vehicle connectivity and automated driving at a new campus in Unterschleissheim, Germany, which near Munich.   (more…)

BMW Planning at Least Two More “i” Models, But What Then?

Other battery models may now go to mainstream BMW brand.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Oct.17, 2016

The i8 Spyder concept will likely undergo significant changes before the Roadster debuts in 2018.

BMW will launch two more models for its cutting-edge i brand over the next five years, starting with a 2018 roadster based on the next-generation i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. A version of the iNext concept vehicle will follow three years later.

That falls well short of the broad, electrified product line-up the maker had hinted was in the works only a few years ago, however. There are no signs of the i4 and i5 models that some sources once reported were in the works.

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Is BMW just keeping them under tight wraps? Have they been abandoned? Or has the maker simply shifted strategy, preferring to put more of its battery-based models – including pure electric and plug-in hybrids – into the mainstream BMW brand, rather than into the niche i marque?

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BMW CEO Targets Changes Reshaping Company, Industry

Alternative power, connectivity, autonomous driving and vehicle sharing will pose four key challenges.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Oct.12, 2016

BMW CEO Harald Krueger laid out some of the maker's plans for the future, and showed off the Vision Next 100 motorcycle.

When you’re celebrating your centennial you have good reason to throw a nearly year-long birthday party. But as BMW wraps up the multicity extravaganza that began at its corporate headquarters last March, the focus is on the future, rather than the past.

And that’s likely to bring some dramatic changes for both BMW and the auto industry as a whole, said CEO Harald Krueger, during a media roundtable in Los Angeles. New technology, new regulations and new competitors will change the way cars are designed, manufactured, sold and operated, said the executive as he outlined some of BMW’s near and longer-term strategies.

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“A new era of mobility is about to begin,” Krueger said Thursday, as he introduced the BMW Vision Next 100 motorcycle, one of four concept vehicles the carmaker has introduced this year each meant to highlight elements of BMW’s plans. (more…)

Legislation, Not Technology, Key Obstacle to Autonomous Driving, Warns BMW Board Member

German maker wants to combine battery power, autonomous tech in future products.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Mar.28, 2016

The BMW Vision shows its flexible body panels, forward and rear gullwing doors and living room-like cabin.

While some automakers hope to have their first autonomous vehicles in production by 2020 – and perhaps even sooner – the BMW board member in charge of global sales thinks that is far too optimistic.

The reality is “probably 2025 or beyond,” cautioned BMW veteran Ian Robertson. “The technology will be there before the legislation is there,” Robertson said, during an interview with TheDetroitBureau.com.

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The Bavarian automaker, best known for its sporty and high-performance cars and light trucks, has also been a long-time proponent of autonomous vehicles, its senior executives first discussing the concept of self-driving technology before the turn of the millennium. (more…)