The BMW Group has unveiled the BMW i Vision Dynamics electric vehicle (EV), a four-door Gran Coupe with a range of 373 miles, a top speed of over 120 mph and acceleration of 0-62 mph in four seconds. Moreover, by 2025, the automaker plans to offer 25 vehicles with an electrified drive system.
Revealed at the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt, Germany, the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept car represents a further evolution of the classical BMW proportions: a long wheelbase, a flowing roofline and short overhangs, according to the automaker. With the world premiere of the concept vehicle, BMW says it is offering “a clear image of the electric mobility of the near future.”
“At the BMW Group, the future of electric mobility has already arrived,” said Harald Krüger, chairman of the board of management at BMW AG. “We have more electrified vehicles on the road than any established competitor and are committed to expanding our activities in the field of electric mobility as part of our NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy.
“By 2025, we will be offering 25 models with an electrified drive system – of which 12 will be pure-electric,” he continued. “With the BMW i Vision Dynamics, we are showcasing how we envisage future electric mobility between the i3 and i8: a dynamic and progressive, four-door Gran Coupe. We are therefore electrifying the heart of the BMW brand and, at the same time, elevating BMW i into a totally new dimension.”
According to the company, BMW i is “a byword for visionary vehicles and a new understanding of premium mobility focused squarely on sustainability.” Furthermore, the new vehicle showcases very clearly the BMW Group’s “future vision of emotionally engaging electrified mobility.”
“BMW i is the innovation driver for the BMW Group,” says Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of management at BMW AG Development. “Here, visionary solutions and future-ready concepts become reality for the first time. But BMW i also acts as a spearhead of innovation for our other brands. The BMW i Vision Dynamics allows us to show right now what another electric BMW might look like.”
“With the i3 and i8, we have designed a revolutionary city car and a revolutionary sports car,” adds Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president of BMW Group Design. “And now, the BMW i Vision Dynamics is combining electric mobility with the core values of BMW: dynamism and elegance. We are therefore demonstrating how the product range and the design language of BMW i can be evolved further into other concepts.”
Last month, BMW reported that it had delivered more than 50,000 BMW i, BMW iPerformance and electrified MINI vehicles to customers around the world since the start of the year. It currently has a total of nine electrified automobiles on the market, and sales of these vehicles totaled 50,711 in the first seven months of the year – representing an increase of 74.8% over the same period last year.