BMW’s upcoming battery-electric vehicle is now estimated to offer up to 435 miles of range when it launches in 2021. Known as the iNext, the vehicle was originally expected to offer around 300 miles of range.
The German automaker announced the iNext last May as a shareholders meeting in Germany. At the time the company said the EV crossover would aim for at least 300 miles of range with styling based on the iVision Concept. At the time BMW did not specify if the company meant 300 miles of range on the U.S. or European test cycle.
According to a Motor Trend report, BMW executives confirmed the 435 mile range figure during remarks at the recent Detroit Auto Show. That’s enough juice to give the iNext the potential to one-up competitors such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV and upcoming Tesla Model Y.
In addition to being fully electric, the iNext will launch with Level 3 autonomy, meaning it will be capable of driving itself in most conditions, but a human driver must be present. BMW says the iNext will be developed to ultimately be upgraded to Level 4 autonomy, which would allow for the driver to remove their hands and not actively pay attention to the road visually.
Assuming currently timelines hold, the BMW iNext is slated to arrive sometime in 2021.