Before the Munich Auto Salon’s commencement on September 4th, BMW provided a sneak peek into its design future with the introduction of the Neue Klasse concept. The German automaker promises that many design elements from this recently unveiled prototype will make their way into upcoming models.
A DISTINCTIVE GRILLE ENGRAVED ON THE BODY
At the concept’s forefront, the iconic dual grille now takes on a new, non-vertical inclination, extending to the LED daytime running lights. These lights come in a unique design, vastly different from anything seen in BMW’s lineup. The front, when viewed from the side, resembles a shark’s snout, echoing a past aesthetic influence. The front’s design is accentuated by a black spoiler. From the side, the 21-inch wheels evoke design inspirations from classic BMW motorsport models. At the back, taillights stretch across the side wings, bearing a luminous signature akin to the front LEDs.
Remarkably, many of the concept’s components are 3D printed.
HUNGARY-PRODUCED ELECTRIC ENGINE
Beyond just aesthetics, the BMW Neue Klasse asserts that this new design plays a pivotal aerodynamic role, cutting energy consumption by 25% and boasting a 30% increased range. Battery density has also grown by 20%, with the range speculated to be around a whopping 1000 pure electric kilometers. The propulsion is guaranteed by the sixth-generation eDrive system, produced in Debrecen, Hungary.
REVOLUTIONARY HEAD-UP DISPLAY SPANNING THE WINDSHIELD
The Neue Klasse offers a minimalist interior, opting out of leather and chrome accents to minimize its carbon footprint. Despite its simplicity, the tech aspect hasn’t been compromised. A large screen dominates the dashboard center, with a steering wheel in place. A game-changing feature introduced is the Panoramic Vision technology, which is essentially a head-up display, projecting information across the entire windshield, aligned with the driver’s line of sight. Traditionalists can still opt for the old head-up display system if not ready to fully embrace the Panoramic Vision.
PRODUCTION SET FOR 2025
The Neue Klasse will soon transition from a concept to a production model, specifically by 2025. Its electric variant is slated for release a year later. In line with the engine production, the car will also be manufactured in Debrecen, Hungary.