As well as publishing this rather unrevealing teaser image, BMW has also confirmed the vehicle itself will be unveiled in all its electrified glory later this year. The company claims that the new flagship would incorporate all major strategic areas of innovation in a road-ready vehicle. "It will benefit the entire company and all our brands", said BMW chairman Harald Kruger.
The company previously hinted at a range of up to 435 miles, presumably based on the generous NEDC test cycle.
Underpinning the iNext will be the BMW Group's CLAR modular platform designed for large cars, and production will take place at the automaker's main plant located close to its Munich headquarters.More news: House Speaker Paul Ryan moves to stop Republican revolt on immigration
BMW hopes to lead by example in structural reforms of the German automotive industry and will present an "iNext vision vehicle" in the course of the year.
No doubt, as the reveal of the new iNEXT Concept nears, we'll get something more concrete.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has recently sided with local vehicle makers on the subject of hardware upgrades, arguing that time and financial resources would be better spent on the development of the mobility technologies of the future.More news: Woman killed by fallen tree in Town of Newburgh was Ulster resident
Earlier this year, Alexander Kotouc, the head of BMW I Product Management, told Auto Express: "It's groundbreaking; the iNEXT will be more of the shape and size of an X5".
"The iNext is fully electric, fully connected and also offers highly automated driving". That said, the sketch does confirm that the iNext will be in the form of a crossover, which is something BMW has not previously acknowledged. The first will be its pure electric powertrain, which is expected to center on a 120 kWh battery pack using what BMW calls its fifth-generation battery tech.More news: Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi appointed eminent jurist in Lokpal panel, says Centre