25.6.2019BMW reveals Vision M Next as part of EV update
BMW has unveiled a new concept - the Vision M Next - as part of a range of announcements that include it is currently two years ahead of schedule for its electric vehicle plans.
The BMW Vision M Next is a plug-in hybrid concept clearly inspired by the current i8, and emphasises BMW's focus on driver's cars at a time when autonomous driving concepts are popular.
The 600hp (441 kW) PHEV is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit, supported by an electric motor. All-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive modes feature, and the Vision M Next will complete the 0-62mph sprint in three seconds before reaching a top speed of 186mph.
Despite the performance potential, the concept will still cover up to 62 miles on a single charge, and there are two driving settings - Ease and Boost. Ease offers complete autonomous driving, while Boost allows the driver to take charge. Other technology featured includes facial recognition to unlock the car, an AR heads-up display, and Laser Wire lighting technology.
No word has been given as to plans for whether it will go into production or not, though it is expected that many of the design elements and PHEV systems will be brought forward onto forthcoming models.
In more tangible news, BMW has confirmed that it plans to have 25 electrified models available in 2024, two years ahead of its initial target of 2025.
A steep sales curve is predicted, seeing electrified models climb more than 30% per year up to 2025, and sales are expected to double between 2019 and 2021.
BMW will also introduce eDrive Zones as standard in plug-in hybrids from next year, which allow geo-fencing technology to automatically recognise these models within green zones, designed for emissions-free driving. Here the BMW PHEVs will switch to pure-electric mode automatically, so they have the same access rights in zones as pure-electric models.