Increasingly, the world is turning to electric vehicles. This is especially important considering that we’re running out of oil. The experts reckon more than half the world’s supplies are depleted. Besides, the burning of fossil fuels is bad for our planet (so is burning coal for electricity, but let’s assume for the sake of the piece that most power generated in a few years will be renewables, which is certainly a possibility if our country’s power needs are going to be met).
That’s why this trend of electric vehicles is a good thing. Especially as power and torque and style and all the things we love about cars aren’t being compromised.
Take, for instance, the fourth-coming BMW iNext Electric SUV. It’s going to be a beast of a vehicle, which will actually feature TWO engines. That in itself is quite exciting! An engine for each set, back and front, of wheels. And the 2021 BMW iNEXT won’t have any gearbox nor will it have mechanical differentials – allowing it to react almost instantaneously to changes in the terrain. Intelligently, it will know which wheel requires the most power and direct it there. Making this luxury SUV not just good-looking and comfortable, but as capable as even the most rugged 4-wheel drive out there.
(Though not a Unimog, but hey, that’s a truck. An Uber-Truck at that.)
What this translates to is two vehicles for the price of one. It’ll be able to handle corners like your typical sports car, but manage rocky roads as well.
In addition, if you’re a drifter – and by that we don’t mean drifting, the motorsport – you’ll be reassured by the fact that it has automatic lane-keeping and changing abilities.
It’ll also premiere an all-new BMW infotainment system. One that’s going to be larger than life and apparently quite on the high-tech side. It’ll even have two modes: one where the system is turned towards the driver, which will be helpful – for instance – if they’re using it as GPS in unfamiliar territory; the second, an ‘ease mode’ where the system faces straight and the family can enjoy whatever is on there (we don’t know for sure yet, but suspect it could have video-watching capabilities).
It’s still a while before this bold, brash, beauty arrives (give or take two years), but it is one to keep tabs on. And since it’ll come with a hefty price tag, now might be the time to start saving for it.