SPIED: BMW iNEXT shows off its new interior

BMW i, News | May 11th, 2019 by 9
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When the BMW i3 first debuted, it was quite a shock to BMW fans. Its oddball styling, funky interior and cool carbon fiber construction made it unique not only to BMW but in the industry. It was BMW’s funkiest car and the one that brought EV-market attention over to the Bavarians. Those same Bavarians are planning yet another car like the i3 and it’s going to be the upcoming BMW iNEXT. Instead of focusing on EV tech, though, it’s going to be more focused on automation. Sadly, though, it doesn’t seem to have the same sort of groundbreaking interior as its predecessor, as seen in some new spy photos. (We don’t own them but they can be seen here).

In these new spy photos, we get a look at the cabin of the upcoming BMW iNEXT and it doesn’t seem to do enough to separate itself from the rest of the Bavarian pack. It’s not as revolutionary as the i3’s back in 2014 and for a car that’s supposed to be something from the future, it really should be. Sure, its dashboard is a bit lower, like in many EVs, offering a commanding forward view out of the cabin. But that’s about it.

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While it looks a bit different from the rest of BMW’s lineup at first, it also seems to be missing quite a bit of its interior. The digital gauges are missing the housing that surrounds them, as you can see the exposed structure. It’s also missing BMW’s iDrive screen, with a few test buttons and a small screen in its place.

As for the steering wheel, “gear’ selector and center console, they’re all pulled directly from BMW’s parts bin. Unlike the BMW i3, which has a unique steering wheel and a completely new dash. BMW even re-engineered its gear selector just for the i3. So to see the iNEXT, a car whose name implies the future, it’s a bit disappointing to see an interior so familiar.

[Source: Car Scoops]

9 responses to “SPIED: BMW iNEXT shows off its new interior”

  1. Pictor says:

    2021/2022 seems like a long way away for a car this far along in development. I’m sure there is need for more extensive tests of new technology on this car but I wonder if they’re either waiting on advancements in technology that hasn’t yet materialized or if the car (design or technology) will end up being slightly dated by the time it reaches market.

    • cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

      How long was Model 3 on a waitlist? Where are Daimler & VAG prod’n. BEV? Yrs. after i3 debut? BMW are expanding Dingolfing & hiring new labour for BEV, their China contract is building a new factory in Germany for battery prod’n. Like Rome, volume BEV prod’n. isn’t built in a day. Isn’t iNext bringing new autonomous tech. to market as well? Lotsa work for new industry, tech, iNext Concept design pushes envelope as well, so not dated. On schedule.

  2. CDspeed says:

    Hopefully they’ll keep the camouflage on the exterior, permanently…

  3. Jeppe Werring says:

    This looks a lot more like a ground up EV design compared to the i4, the dashboard is way lower comparable to the i3, also no mid display (could be due to early prototype), and the exterior front (engine bay) looks much smaller unlike a playform that would be shared by ICE and EV, typical characteristics of an true EV (Model X) is the A pillar starting at the back of the front wheel. I have high hopes for this.

  4. Anon says:

    It’s likely a mule/mock-up dashboard. Air vent next to steering wheel doesn’t look like it’s adjustable, so there’s no way in hell that would be production.

    And everything else being parts bin is what would happen in a mule vehicle.

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