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BMW Neue Klasse EVs to debut with panoramic display

The BMW Neue Klasse electric car to be launched in 2025 will have a panoramic display on the windshield.

BMW showed off the display, dubbed the Panoramic Vision, on Wednesday during its annual business conference. In what the company claims is an industry first, the display will stretch across the windshield and show information to both the driver and front passenger, unlike current windshield displays. , which displays information only in the driver’s field of vision.

The automaker claims a panoramic display, which was previewed in i Vision Dee concept shown at CES earlier this year, is part of a “driver-centric” approach as it allows less important information to be displayed to passengers rather than to the driver.

BMW Panoramic Vision display screen

BMW Panoramic Vision display screen

“We are taking our proven ‘pay attention on the road, hands on the wheel’ slogan to the next level,” said Frank Weber, BMW development director.

The Neue Klasse (German for “new class”) electric car is named after a family car from the 1960s that effectively saved BMW and set the template for the automaker’s growth. this bowl in the next few decades. BMW hopes the electric Neue Klasse will be similarly transformed.

BMW says it will release six different model variants of the Neue Klasse in the first 24 months, all based on a dedicated EV architecture. It’s a change from BMW’s current strategy of relying mainly on shared platforms with internal combustion engine models. Another big change is the use of cylindrical battery cell and cell-to-pack technology. BMW believes this will allow for a 30% increase in range as well as faster charging.

Concept BMW i Vision Dee

Concept BMW i Vision Dee

Neue Klasse EVs may not be as expensive on the market as today’s models, in keeping with the intentions of BMW CEO Oliver Zipse. produce affordable electric cars. In an interview in 2022, Zipse said the low-end market segment was too important to give up when switching to electric vehicles.

BMW plans to start production of the Neue Klasse electric vehicle at a new plant in Debrecen, Hungary, starting in 2025, and at an existing plant in Munich, Germany, starting in 2026. Some will also Made in Mexicoat BMW’s current plant in San Luis Potosí, starting in 2027. That will speed up with raw materials are sourced from within North America and potentially qualify them for the $7,500 Clean Vehicle Credit.

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