Production-Intent BMW iNext EV SUV Steps Out into the Cold
The EV will be made at automaker's Dingolfing plant.
Development for the production BMW iNext is underway, and BMW has given us a glimpse at its upcoming Tesla fighter. As part of the development process, the German automaker has taken a prototype to its Sweden test facility to subject it to harsh winter conditions, and has shared photos of that extreme-weather test.
Testing the vehicle in cold weather allows the automaker to assess energy-recovery and chassis performance in low-traction situations and, perhaps more important, how much the cold affects the batteries, energy-management system, and electric powerplant. In most EVs, frigid weather can drop the range precipitously, especially when you use the climate-control system.
Shown in concept form last year, the BMW iNext is Bavaria's answer to the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace. Based on the teaser shots, the styling has been toned down (we hope), and the crossover appears more conventional. The concept also had a super futuristic interior but it's unknown if that will make it to production. When it arrives in 2021, the iNext will offer autonomous driving, connectivity, and car-sharing services, BMW says, and come standard with all-wheel drive. Production of the BMW iNext will start at the automaker's Dingolfing facility in 2021.