Following the very first teaser pictures of the BMW iNEXT, released in March, May, and July, the all-electric SUV is returning in a series of new preliminary images and a video, revealing pre-production models in camouflage. The test cars were produced at the company’s Pilot Plant in the heart of the Research & Innovation Centre (FIZ) and will be used for roadway tests and preparations for actual mass production. BMW’s primary goal is to put together the EV on the same assembly line as traditional ICE-powered and PHEV cars.
” Preparing a fully electric vehicle for series production is an amazing but difficult task,” Udo Hänle, head of Production Integration and Pilot Plant, commented. “By the time of the official start of production, we will have built as lots of as 100 prototypes of the BMW iNEXT. Until then, the Pilot Plant will use a range of innovations to improve and speed up our processes even further. We are likewise already preparing our very first production associates from Plant Dingolfing to work on the new product.”
2021 BMW iNEXT Production
For the production of the iNEXT prototypes, BMW utilizes a new production technology called rotary bonding. It joins aluminum and high-strength steel by using the friction heat produced as a steel element pierces an aluminum part. When this process is done, the put together bodies go through detailed laser radar checks that recognize private surface qualities. These are followed by a high-resolution scanner checks, which acquire information that is compared to the CAD models.
Features and Debut
As for the iNEXT itself, consider it as the all-electric option of the X5 in regards to dimensions and cabin space. Currently, under development, the model will incorporate BMW’s fifth-generation electrical drive system with an estimated range in between charges of more than 373 miles (600 kilometers) based upon the WLTP cycle. The iNEXT will be the “technology flagship” of the car manufacturer and will support level 3 autonomous driving when it debuts for the 2021 model year.