By on September 12, 2017

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

BMW showcased the i Vision Dynamics concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week — making it the third model for its i low-emissions electro-centric sub-brand. As a potential rival for Tesla’s Model 3, the i Vision Dynamics has all the hallmarks of an evolutionary automobile: an electric powerplant, absent grille, and the most boring name imaginable.

With windows tinted so black that you couldn’t tell if the sun was behind the wheel, the concept car is probably little more than a shell. We’ll take it at face value, noting that it exists as the physical representation of BMW’s promise to modernize as much as it does as a prototypical production model. However the automaker did say it will go on sale in 2021 — which is more than a little surprising.

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

Styled as the ever popular “four-door gran coupe,” the i Vision will be an extension of its electric sub-brand. Our guess is that it’ll be slotted above the i3 EV and use a slightly larger numeric designation with an “i” tacked on for good measure. BMW says the i Vision Dynamics concept demonstrates how the brand will “envisage future electric mobility between the i3 and i8,” heralding a new forthcoming product offensive that includes 25 electrified cars by 2025.

For the i Vision, that means a claimed electric range of 373 miles. BMW also says the EV will hit 100 kph (or 62 mph) in four seconds with a top speed of around 120 mph. 

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

“With the i3 and i8 we have designed a revolutionary city car and a revolutionary sports car,” said BMW’s senior vice president of design, Adrian van Hooydonk, in a statement. “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.”

The brand also talked up the vehicle’s ultra-modern styling, which is bound to be polarizing, and its visual marriage between elegance and strength. We can agree there. The overall shape imports beefy haunches onto a flowing form with enough sharp angles to keep things interesting. But it’s overdone the “grille” for the second time this week and the overall impression is very different from the company’s current EVs.

The concept’s styling is supposed to continue into the vehicle’s cabin, which BMW described as the “interior experience of the future.” But, since the company neglected to give it transparent windows, we’re not going to speculate on it.

In addition to whatever the i Vision morphs into, BMW Group said it plans to begin production of its fully electric sub-brand flagship, the iNext, in 2021. However, the next BEV the company sells will be from Mini — followed by an electric version of the X3 in 2020.

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

 

BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept

[Images: BMW Group]

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17 Comments on “BMW Concept Sedan, Slated for Production, to Bolster Electric Sub-brand...”


  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    My eyes. My precious eyes. It looks like something out of River Monsters.

  • avatar
    Tstag

    I’ll have the Jaguar Ipace…. that looks too ugly

  • avatar
    Tosh

    It’s got a Kia grill….
    for a SIDE WINDOW!

  • avatar
    thegamper

    Placing the “i” in front of anything is a lame and played marketing gimmick. It’s funny how clearly bmw is threatened by tesla

  • avatar
    PandaBear

    Cadillac? Why 2021?

  • avatar
    Reino

    Am I missing something, or why can’t BMW just put an i engine into a 5-series? Why does the electric drivetrain have to come with this styling?

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      The styling doesn’t have to be so over-the-top, but the proportions do have to be different. The optimal shape for an AWD electric car, which needs to make room for tons of small battery cells and two electric motors, is very different from the optimal shape for a gas car that needs room for a giant aluminum lump in the front but not any battery cells.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Umm, that would be about 280 miles range in the more-realistic EPA cycle.

    I’m curious to know where all these mfrs with newfound EV religion are going to source gigawatt-hours of batteries.

  • avatar
    Luke42

    Moving toward EV drivetrains helps the BMW value proposition quite a bit.

    Instead of overpaying for almost exactly the same stuff you can get from Honda, you can overpay for studs that Honda doesn’t sell!

    That’s an improvement.

    The question becomes less favorable to BMW if the comparison is Ford, GM, or Nissan circa 2021, though.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    The development money used on the money losing i3, i8, and this unnamed model might have been spent making the conventional BMW vehicle series better, which have incidently all started to slip in the rankings since BMW started to go eco-crazy a few years ago. Using money earned on profitable vehicles and spending it on money-losers is not a good strategy, but I supposed all those government geniuses that are planning to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles in the next 7 to 15 years have to be placated.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      I think it’s a little unfair to say BMW has slipped. It’s more like the competition has caught up. 20 years ago BMW’s only competition was MB, Audi, and Lexus. Now they are up against Infiniti, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Cadillac, and to some degree Acura, Volvo and Lincoln. Their biggest calling card (driving dynamics) is largely irrelevant to the current market. A properly equipped BMW (6 cylinder, sport package) is still a great car.

      • 0 avatar
        stingray65

        I would agree that the competition is stronger, but many commenters/analysts suggest that BMW could certainly improve in reliability/durability, even if driving dynamics are no longer as important.

  • avatar
    CarnotCycle

    If BMW actually makes this faux Tesla, they should name the (inevitable) M-variant “Me2.”

  • avatar

    BMW’s i program is at least as much about carbon fiber as it is about electric vehicles. BMW’s invested more than a billion dollars in the supply chain and manufacturing processes to make the carbon structures used in the i3 and i8, more than they’ve invested in the electric drivetrains.

    A lot of companies are racing to be the first that can make composite parts that compete with metal stampings and castings. The benefits extend beyond EVs since that will allow a lot of lightweighting in cars powered by petroleum.

  • avatar
    Compaq Deskpro

    It’s going to be an i5, right? Intel must be pissed.

    This is just as ugly as the X9 concept. A tall upright grill is the last thing that would work for BMW, it even looks awkward in the classic post war BMW’s.

  • avatar
    Stumpaster

    It’s the Caddy that Zings!

  • avatar
    smapdi

    I could get behind this styling if they toned down the grille. I was always a fan of 80s-early 00s BMW’s because they have a very clean but sporty look to them. The style never relied on gimmicks. Recent BMW design has begun to lose that, and most sedans in general now look ridiculously over styled. This has a very clean look with minimal visual gimmicks outside of that over-sized grille work (but even as is, avoiding the giant gaping hole on most of its competitors is still a plus… Lexus cough cough).


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