Report – BMW says electric and driverless flagship is due in 2021 image

BMW’s top man, Harald Krüger, has been very busy speaking during the group’s 96th Annual General Meeting in Munich, where he also confirmed the BMW X7 and Rolls-Royce Cullinan flagship sport utility vehicles.

The rumor mill has been chocking in the reports concerning the Bavarian company, telling us over and over again it’s about to add a new model line above the current flagship 7 Series. We now have confirmation – sort of – the model will indeed appear. We should note the reveal needs to be taken with a pinch of salt nonetheless, as the executive’s exact words were: “We will be introducing an additional BMW model in the luxury class.” So far, the model has already been baptized by the Internet – iNext – and the reports are telling us it should come as an electric autonomous top of the line model. The CEO also added it will be “our new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a totally new interior and ultimately bringing the next generation of electro-mobility to the road.”

During the same event the company’s boss also reestablished the firm decision to have the first ever X7 crossover generation starting 2018 and Rolls-Royce is also set to deliver its own SUV – codenamed “Cullinan” – that same year. BMW will also work towards lowering its CO2 footprint by introducing a wide array of plug-in hybrid models, while the i8 convertible is still coming – most likely in 2018 as well.

Via Automotive News