At the Frankfurt Auto Show, BMW has just introduced a highly awaited Tesla competitor. Launched under the BMW i Vision Dynamics, the new all-electric concept features a coupe-like design with four doors, reminiscing of a 4 Series Gran Coupe based on its dimensions: length / width / height: 4,804 mm / 1,933 mm / 1,387 mm Wheelbase: 2,993 mm
The new concept has a range of 600 km (373 miles) and a top speed of 200 km/h (120 mph) and acceleration of 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.0 seconds.
BMW says that the i Vision Dynamics design “draws on BMW’s long track-record in dynamics, innovation and quality of detail, and re-interprets that heritage through form and function for the challenges of future mobility.” Aerodynamic requirements define the car’s progressive appearance. Barely visible joins and the flush integration of glass into the main body lend the study a modern and technical overall impression.
Within the smoothly flowing, neatly aligned progression of the surfaces along the car’s flanks, the new characterisation of the window profile is a standout feature of the BMW i Vision Dynamics. This iconic styling cue, which made its debut on the first wave of BMW i models, is depicted here in a fresh, likewise function-led interpretation and also sharpens the identity of the car’s flanks. Their virtually symmetrical form allows all passengers an equally good view out, highlighting the attention paid to the passengers and the shared driving experience in the interior. This is something that will gain further in importance in the future, in particular as far as (semi-) autonomous and connected driving is concerned.
The distinctive driving experience is further enhanced by the full-length glass surface running from the windscreen to the rear window. This heightens the sensation of room and enables a feeling of spaciousness and freedom inside the car that belies its dynamic exterior silhouette. Viewed from the outside, the unbroken roof graphic reinforces the enclosed, modern feel of the exterior thanks to seamless transitions through the front and rear end.
Just like the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics, the new concept aims to be an emotional car that shows BMW’s commitment not only to electric drives but also to emotional design.
With the i3 and i8 we have designed a revolutionary city car and a revolutionary sports car,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “And now the BMW i Vision Dynamics is combining electric mobility with the core values of BMW: dynamism and elegance. We are therefore demonstrating how the product range and the design language of BMW i can be evolved further into other concepts.”
BMW has yet to reveal more information on the i Vision Dynamics, but our sources say a market launch in 2021 is being planned and the future naming convention has yet to be defined. One thing is certain: it won’t be called i5 and if we were to place some bets, we would pick the 4 Series Gran Coupe name for the new electric car.