We are living in times where people can decide if they want their vehicle to be self-driven or can drive themselves. Nonetheless, BMW is planning to reassure people that their models will continue to be focused on actively engaging the driver. Thus, BMW Vision M Next Concept was revealed at BMW Welt. At this event, German automaker is showing their latest technological advances in the field of design, autonomous driving, connectivity, electrification and services. Adrian van Hooydonk who is BMW’s senior design VP, said that BMW Vision M Next offers a glimpse into the future of sporty driving. BMW’s Vision iNext showcased how autonomous driving impacts and transform life on board on vehicles, whereas BMW Vision M Next establishes how state-of-the-art technology that makes experience of driving yourself pure and more emotionally engaging. Both of these models, primarily focuses on people inside the vehicle.
Design and technology make EASE and BOOST experiences more natural and more intense. “EASE” and “BOOST” represents two available modes of travel with EASE means to have vehicle driven around and BOOST stands at ultimate driving experience. Aesthetically, BMW Vision M Next Concept draws inspiration from BMW Turbo and BMW i8 PHEV. Hence, it consists of futuristic design elements such as low-slung, wedge-shape silhouette, gull-wing doors and a very interesting color scheme. Front and rear have Thrilling Orange finish and rest of vehicle features Cast Silver metallic paintwork. Moreover, other exterior details include Laser Wire headlights, the blade-shaped air intake below the kidney grille, recycled carbon fiber side skirts, three-dimensional multi-spoke wheels, a clearly sculpted profile and a low-slung rear end with Laser Wire taillights and a BMW M1-like rear window. Car unlocks automatically when driver approaches the car with help of facial recognition. With the touch sensor on the gull-wing doors, minimalist interior is revealed.
BOOST Pod in BMW Vision M Next Concept represent interface between driver and vehicle. It gives driver all control options and information using the three distinct visual tiers positioned in the field of view. Two of them are paced behind the steering wheel and third is a full-surface Augmented Reality Head-Up Display, which is in the windshield. BMW used leather to the minimum and materials used ranges from synthetic fibers to anodized titanium and painted surfaces. Cabin is upholstered in a Midnight Blue microfiber fabric that looks like and feels like leather. To contrast, Thrilling Orange inserts are used throughout. BMW Vision M Next uses Power PHEV drive system that offers between electric all-wheel drive and pure rear-wheel drive with all-electric propulsion or petrol power courtesy of a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit. Maximum output of the BMW Vision M Next Concept is 592hp with top speed of 186 mph. It can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.0 seconds with driving range of 62 miles on all-electric.