The BMW Neue Klasse will start manufacturing in 2025 at BMW’s factory in Debrecen, Hungary, and the EV is scheduled to be on the road by 2026. When the entire production version is released, information on the cost, operating range, and charging will be made available.
Even though it was unconventional, the BMW i Vision Dee concept offered an early look at the appearance of BMW electric vehicles in the future. The same design is now being presented in a “Neue” form at the IAA Mobility 2023 show event in Munich, with additional elements and features that will really go into production.
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse concept has a similar overall design as the previous i Vision Dee, but it is more substantial. The front of this car is highlighted by a slanted “shark nose” hood, two lit horizontal kidney grilles, which house slanted LED running lights at each corner, and a long bumper. Several of the lighting components are featured here.
Compared to the i Vision Dee, the Neue Klasse concept has a sportier appearance. New 21-inch wheels replace the neon green dinner plates while also paying homage to the traditional cross-spoke style featured on BMW racing vehicles. The kidney-grille and headlight combination on the front end is mimicked by the extended taillights, and BMW’s new minimalist emblem is printed onto the front and rear fenders; there isn’t a single metal badge to be spotted.
High Efficiency and Faster Charging
The sleekness of the design, which BMW calls “monolithic,” results in a 30 percent longer range and a 25 percent higher efficiency than any of the automaker’s current EVs. The Neue Klasse concept offers 20 percent higher density, 25 percent more efficiency, and 30 percent faster charging when combined with BMW’s sixth-generation eDrive technology.
Although specific range figures aren’t given, BMW previously indicated that a range of up to 621 miles (1,001 kilometers) is not out of the question. BMW’s facility in Debrecen, Hungary, which is now under development and claims to be fossil fuel-free, will produce the new eDrive technology.
The iDrive infotainment system from BMW is housed inside the Neue Klasse and is shown on a quirky touchscreen that resembles a parallelogram. In addition to continuing to provide existing features like the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and multifunction steering wheel buttons, BMW is now adding “Panoramic Vision.”
The BMW Neue Klasse will start manufacturing in 2025 at BMW’s factory in Debrecen, Hungary, and the EV is scheduled to be in use by 2026. When the entire production version is released, information on the cost, operating range, and charging will be made available.