BMW plans to launch a new generation of battery-electric vehicles in 2025. A preview of this is provided by the Vision Neue Klasse, which was presented at the IAA Mobility 2023.
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse concept car shows a reduced design language: The strikingly designed body of the mid-size sedan gets by with few lines, emphasizing the BMW kidney on the "shark nose" front and the Hofmeister kink in the side window graphics. The angular and closed BMW kidney extends across the entire width and integrates LED dual headlights. Sensor surfaces are located in the lower area of the side windows, which can be used to activate automatic door opening. The aerodynamic wheels are 21", and the wide and high-set taillights were produced using a 3D printing process.
The large glass surfaces give the interior with the yellow cord covers on the seats a very bright appearance. Instead of an instrument cluster, the BMW Panoramic Vision display extends across the entire width of the lower edge of the windshield. This is complemented by a head-up display for the driver. The new BMW iDrive is operated via the central display on the center console and multifunction buttons on the steering wheel. The new iDrive is based on a highly integrated software architecture designed to bring together data about the driving experience and infotainment, as well as from the vehicle's electronic wiring system and the BMW Cloud. In addition, the interior of the four-seater is free of decorative chrome and leather.
BMW Neue Klasse with Round Cells
On the subject of drive, BMW promises 30 % more range, 30 % faster charging and 25 % improved efficiency for the sixth-generation eDrive technology compared to the current e-drive. The newly developed round battery cells are also to be used for the first time. In addition, to make the vehicle more environmentally friendly, the use of fossil fuels will be completely eliminated in production at the new plant being built in Debrecen, Hungary. In addition, more CO2-reduced raw materials and secondary materials will be used. "The BMW Vision Neue Klasse combines our ability to innovate in the core areas of electrification, digitalisation and circularity", says Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. The study Neue Klasse was presented at the IAA Mobility 2023 in Munich and is scheduled to go into series production in 2025.