Highly autonomous electric car sketched out

The BMW iNext Concept has been teased ahead of its debut later this year, probably at the 2018 Paris motor show in September.

A sketch previewing the upcoming concept car was presented overnight to shareholders at the BMW's annual general meeting. Harald Krüger, BMW CEO, called the iNext project the "building kit for [the company's] future".

"It will benefit the entire company and all our brands. For the first time, we are combining all key technologies for future mobility in one vehicle," he told the AGM's attendees.

"The iNext is fully electric, fully connected and also offers highly automated driving."

The BMW iNext will go into production at the company's Dingolfing factory in 2021.

Like the existing i3 and i8 models, the iNext seems as though it will employ a more a striking and distinctive design language than BMW's mainstream model lines.

The portfolio of models offered under BMW's i brand will grow over the next few years. At the recent Beijing motor show, the company unveiled the iX3 concept (above).

Unlike existing i models, the iX3 is very clearly based on the conventionally-powered X3 crossover. Under the skin, the iX3 Concept has a 200kW electric motor paired with a 70kWh battery for an estimated WLTP range of over 400 kilometres.

Earlier this year, Krüger confirmed the i Vision Dynamics concept would go into production by 2025 as the BMW i4.