electric BMW vision iNEXT's shy tech turns interior into one touchscreen

electric BMW vision iNEXT's shy tech turns interior into one touchscreen

envisioning a new era of mobility, BMW vision iNEXT is a highly automated, electric and fully connected SAV (sports activity vehicle). with a production model based on the concept planned for 2021, the design is positioned as the brand’s new technology flagship and, as such, showcases some of the technology they may use in the future. this includes three ‘shy tech’ applications: an intelligent personal assistant, intelligent materials and, finally, an intelligent beam.

all images courtesy of the BMW group



from first glance, the vision iNEXT looks unmistakably from the BMW i family. the exterior features the large interlinked double-kidney grille, side window graphic and blue accents upon its surfaces. furthermore, its clearly sculpted forms and surfaces define a sophisticated appearance that is furthered with its liquid greyrose copper paintwork, which gradually changes in shade. 3D printed patterns, cameras that replace the exterior mirrors, and slender head and rear lights complete the design.



two large opposing doors, which removes the B-pillar, open via touch-sensitive illuminated door openers. users are welcomed into a ‘living space’ on wheels that acts as a place for relaxation, interaction, entertainment or concentration. below the large panoramic roof, the spacious cabin features two individual seats in the front plus a one-piece bench in the rear. nude-shaded materials define the driver’s area where there are two visible display panels and steering wheel that adjust according to two modes. ‘boost’ positions this equipment towards the driver whilst ‘ease’ slightly retracts them to offer a more open space.



across the wooden center console, which is supported by illuminated crystal glass and a bronze-colored base, the interior’s ‘shy tech’ somewhat appears. there are no other screens in the car; the only other technology integrated is visible and operable when required. intelligent personal assistant responds to verbal prompts, such as ‘hey BMW’, and links to smart devices and home networks. intelligent beam technology projects images, moving content or interactive video graphics on command. and intelligent materials enable users to control applications using simple-touch functionality on surfaces. as well as on the center console, this allows passengers to adjust music controls by tracing gestures upon the rear bench’s jacquad cloth.






  • Nice design, it has a nice appearance from every side, except the front. The emblem is tooooo big. It is ugly and frightening, it looks like the monster from the Predator movie.

    Daniel says:
  • As per the previous caller; exterior is screaming ‘Look at me!’ Its not pretty & its not subtle (erm hello this is a beemer what did we expect – butterflies?)
    On the other hand the front interior mouldings in beige remind me very strongly of the first Range Rovers (sadly no funky interior door handles – which is a shame as they were among my favourite things on the old Rangie) and the backseat is a fine place for a bit of Axminster

    Adam B says:
  • The i3 made the first movement in a production vehicle towards materials and design language that shifted away from the long established automotive norms. This vehicle continues that journey. It will be interesting to see how close a replica of this concept the safety legislation allows to be a production vehicle. It embraces an accentuates the freedoms an autonomous vehicle can provide – a social space more, time to interact with passengers and less focus on looking and facing ahead.

    Andy L says:

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