BMW iNEXT is on the verge of an EV onslaught which will start later this year with the iX3, essentially a zero-emissions version of the X3 crossover. Until then, an electrical i4 concept taking the form of a next-generation 4 Series Gran Coupe will premiere next week in Geneva to preview a production model due in 2021. Also next year, the road-going iNext is going to be out because of the company’s flagship electric SUV as a follow-up to the polarizing concept that carried an equivalent name when it debuted in September 2018.
Meanwhile, the high-riding technological tour de force is undergoing a gruelling testing campaign. We saw the iNext nearly a year ago enduring the cold climate of Arjeplog in Sweden, and now prototypes are in southern Africa where they’re facing some scorching temperatures in Kalahari. BMW isn’t only evaluating how the test vehicles are performing within the weather, but it’s also keeping an in-depth eye on how they’re behaving while tackling sand, pebble, and gravel tracks.
BMW is additionally testing the iNext at the Nürburgring Nordschleife also as in France at the company’s workplace at Miramas to form sure the electrical SUV is going to deserve its EV flagship status everywhere the planet. For this latest round of testing, prototypes are exposed to the sun’s heat for several hours then they’re cooled right down to evaluate how the electrical system is affected and to watch how the temperature fluctuations take their toll on the materials used inside the cabin.
BMW also wants to form sure dust won’t go inside the cabin in the least, even after thousands of miles of driving the prototypes on unpaved roads. These harsh conditions also are good for testing the battery, electric motors, and therefore the cooling systems, also as how the air con faces the extremely high temperatures of southern Africa.
The BMW iNext will enter production in 2021 at the Dingolfing plant in Germany