BMW iNEXT Concept previewed ahead of its debut this year

BMW iNEXT Concept previewed ahead of its debut this year

As well as publishing this rather unrevealing teaser image, BMW has also confirmed the vehicle itself will be unveiled in all its electrified glory later this year.

While BMW offered customers software upgrades for diesel vehicles with the motor type "Euro 5" from 2011 onwards, the company does not believe that more costly hardware upgrades demanded in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal are a technically sensible solution. The i4 was originally introduced as the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept, before being given the i4 name, but nobody knows how it looks like since the production vehicle hasn't been shown.

BMW hopes to lead by example in structural reforms of the German automotive industry and will present an "iNext vision vehicle" in the course of the year.

"It will benefit the entire company and all our brands".

"For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility", Krueger said.

"The iNEXT project is our building kit for the future", says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.

The iNext's electric powertrain will pair with a new semi-autonomous driving system that will enable Level 3 autonomy.

Though, that same long roofline also seems quite low and the windshield is aggressively raked, so BMW could be hinting at some sort of coupe-like SUV or something sportier than a traditional crossover. We can expect the final design to be similar in size and shape to an X5, in other words a mid-size SUV. That said, the sketch does confirm that the iNext will be in the form of a crossover, which is something BMW has not previously acknowledged.

The BMW iNext will go into production at the company's Dingolfing factory in 2021. So we have a long way to go before we actually see the auto. Though, according to Krüger, we should see a Vision Concept of this upcoming fully-electric, fully-connected and highly autonomous BMW later this year.