BMW Vision M Next Concept Revealed, E-Mobility Schedule Advanced

Anthony Magagnoli
by Anthony Magagnoli

As part of BMW’s big event, the Vision M Next concept shows what the future of “The Ultimate Driving Machine” will look like. This comes in conjunction with an announcement that the targeted 25 electrified models are being pulled ahead by 2 years, to 2023.

BMW Group’s latest innovations in areas of design, autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification, and services are being showcased at the event. According to Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, “the BMW Vision M NEXT demonstrates how state-of-the-art technology can also make the experience of driving yourself purer and more emotionally engaging.”

The concept separates the driving experience into two modes called “EASE” and “BOOST.” EASE is the term they’ve adopted for the autonomous driving experiences, while BOOST encompasses the active driving experience.

The Vision M NEXT offers the option between electric all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, with power coming from a plug-in hybrid drive system and turbo 4-cylinder engine. Total system output is rated at 600 horsepower, enabling the car to reach 186 mph while 0-62 mph is rated at a scant three seconds. BOOST+ mode enables a push-to-pass type feature, as well.

Maximum range for pure electric driving is an impressive 62 miles, enabling most commutes to be conducted without any fuel consumption — as long as the driver doesn’t want to have much fun, anyway.

The design of the Vision M NEXT is a call-back to the M1 supercar and Turbo concept that came before it, as well as an evolution of the current i8’s theme. While obviously conceptual in nature, it does feature recycled carbon fiber in the lower section of the body structure. This could indicate a general move to this type of material from the carbon fiber reinforced plastic that is currently utilized in the 7 series.

Interior design focuses on cleanly presenting relevant information to the driver with minimal distractions. As speeds increase, driving-related data takes precedence and moves into the driver’s line of sight. The capabilities of the MyBMW App expand with an intelligent personal assistant always available for concierge-type services.

Interior materials provide a vision of the future, with the use of leather intentionally minimized. Materials such as a microfiber fabric are substituted, while woven synthetic fibers, anodized titanium, and painted surfaces are used in new ways.

The advancement is enabled by flexible vehicle architectures that can accommodate fully-electric, hybrid, and combustion engine drive trains. The Vision M NEXT concept has no current production expectation. However, it can be assumed that the design philosophies, as well as powertrain technology and layouts, will be seen in the proliferation of the 25 electrified models to be made available over the next 4 years.

[Images: BMW]

Anthony Magagnoli
Anthony Magagnoli

Following 10 years in Toyota's Production Engineering division, Anthony spent 3 years as a Vehicle Dynamics Engineer for FCA. From modest beginnings in autocross, he won a NASA SpecE30 National Championship and was the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge TC Rookie of the Year. Aside from being a professional racecar driver, he is a private driving coach and future karaoke champion.

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  • Aja8888 Aja8888 on Jun 25, 2019

    "The Vision M NEXT concept has no current production expectation. However, it can be assumed that the design philosophies, as well as powertrain technology and layouts, will be seen in the proliferation of the 25 electrified models to be made available over the next 4 years." So it's just a bunch of ideas and won't be produced.

    • Anthony Magagnoli Anthony Magagnoli on Jun 26, 2019

      Concept cars are an important part of automotive design. They test ideas like these to gauge customer interest without committing to an entire production life cycle.

  • Tylanner Tylanner on Jun 26, 2019

    The behind the wheel POV looks good but this is just BMW selling their version of the brand....this vehicle only serves to promote/sustain an image of BMW that they want to inject into the public...something the execs can point to. Don't read too much into it...

  • Lou_BC Question of the day: Anyone actually care to own an old TVR?
  • Bd2 First, this was totally predictable. 2nd, Genesis already does have hybrids in the form of a 48V mild hybrid, but more performance oriented (supercharged and turbocharged), so not really helping with regard to fuel consumption. 3rd, Hyundai's hybrid systems don't really help as there currently isn't one that would be suitable power-wise and the upcoming 2.5T hybrid system would have to be heavily reworked to accommodate a RWD/longitudinal layout. 4th, it seems that Genesis is opting to go the EREV route with the GV70 the first get the new powertrain.
  • Bd2 Jaguar's problem was chasing the Germans into the mid size and then entry-level/compact segments for volume, and cheapening their interiors while at it.
  • 3-On-The-Tree Aja8888 I expected that issue with my F150 starting at 52,000mi. luckily I had an extended warranty and it saved me almost $8,000. No more Fords for me, only Toyota.
  • Lou_BC I saw a news article on this got a different read on it. Ford wants to increase production of HD trucks AND develop hybrid and EV variants of the SuperDuty. They aren't scaling back EV production. Just building more HD's and EV variants of HD's .
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