Powering the prototype is a hybrid powertrain that comprises a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and two electric motors (one per axle).
According to BMW, the vehicle can go from zero to 60 in about three seconds and EV-wise, will have a range of 62 miles, which is plenty of miles to cover a daily commute or cover enough ground to allow you to run some errands. Total electric range would be 62 miles, the automaker estimates.
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Of note, all three of the electric motors are of BMW's latest, fifth-generation design that include none of the rare-earth minerals commonly used in most electric motors; the new motor design will make its production debut in the upcoming not-for-the-United-States BMW iX3 electric SUV in Europe.
"The company is putting a bigger focus on cementing its leading position in the Korean luxury vehicle market and better competing with rivals such as Mercedes-Benz", a company official said.
Essentially, what we have here is the M division's take on electrified vehicles, which will continue to put the focus squarely on an active and stimulating driving experience.
Concept cars have to be eye-catching, and sure enough the Vision M NEXT doesn't stint on style.
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The grille itself is actually blanked off, with a laser-etched and illuminated transparent layer.
To enter the M Next, the vehicle uses facial recognition tech to unlock the doors.
The wedge shape of the coupe has echoes of the BMW M1 that was built between 1978 and 1981. Touch sensors replace conventional door handles, with automatic gullwing doors, while the headlights and taillights feature Lase Wire technology.
BMW's new hybrids will have the cut off function from 2020 onwards and cities, including Rotterdam in the Netherlands, say the function has proven to be an effective way to cut pollution. The steering wheel has two small displays, and sits ahead of a curved glass display which stretches around the wheel like a digital visor.
There's a possibility that the Vision M Next could turn into a production reality at the start of the next decade. It is accessed through a BOOST+ mode, although it is not clear how long the boost is provided.
BMW unveiled its M Next concept in Frankfurt, Germany.
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