March 21, 2023

The BMW Neue Klasse household of EVs debuting in 2025 will characteristic a panoramic head-up show.

BMW confirmed the show, dubbed Panoramic Imaginative and prescient, Wednesday throughout its annual enterprise convention. In what the corporate claims is an business first, the show will span the windshield and present data to each the motive force and entrance passenger, not like present head-up shows, which solely present data within the driver’s discipline of view.

The automaker claims a panoramic show, which was previewed within the i Imaginative and prescient Dee idea proven at CES earlier this yr, is a part of a “driver-centric” method as a result of it permits less-important data to be proven to the passenger as an alternative of the motive force.

BMW Panoramic Imaginative and prescient head-up show

“We’re taking our confirmed ‘eyes on the street, fingers on the wheel’ slogan to a brand new stage,” BMW improvement boss Frank Weber stated in an announcement.

The Neue Klasse (German for “new class”) EVs are named after a household fashions from the Sixties that successfully saved BMW and set the template for the following few a long time of the automaker’s improvement. BMW hopes the electrical Neue Klasse shall be equally transformative.

BMW stated that it might launch six completely different mannequin variants of the Neue Klasse within the first 24 months, all based mostly on a devoted EV structure. It is a shift from BMW’s present technique of relying totally on platforms shared with internal-combustion fashions. One other main shift is using cylindrical battery cells and cell-to-pack tech. BMW believes this can allow a 30% vary increase, in addition to sooner charging.

The Neue Klasse EVs is probably not as costly relative to the market as right this moment’s fashions, in line with BMW CEO Oliver Zipse’s intention to make inexpensive electrical vehicles. In a 2022 interview, Zipse stated the decrease finish of the market was too necessary to desert within the shift to EVs.

BMW plans to start out constructing Neue Klasse EVs at a brand new manufacturing facility in Debrecen, Hungary, beginning in 2025 and at an present plant in Munich, Germany, beginning in 2026. Some may even be made in Mexico, at BMW’s present manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosí, starting in 2027. That can ramp up with uncooked supplies sourced from inside North America and probably qualify them for the $7,500 Clear Car Credit score.