BMW Unveils Neue Klasse X Concept

The new design is the second concept revealed under the Neue Klasse design language...

BMW offers a first glimpse of the Neue Klasse as an SAV.

The BMW Vision Neue Klasse X brings the aesthetics, technology, sustainability and philosophy of the Neue Klasse to the Sports Activtity Vehicle sector. The first fully electric SAV on the new architecture will go into series production at Plant Debrecen, Hungary, in 2025, according to the automaker.

“Together with the BMW Vision Neue Klasse, the BMW Vision Neue Klasse X showcases the breadth of our future BMW model lineup. The Neue Klasse reflects the variety of all the models that customers want today and in the future – from sport sedan, with all its derivatives, to modern SAV family,” says Oliver Zipse, chairman of the board of management of BMW. “The Neue Klasse is much more than just a car or concept; it is redefining the BMW brand – and, at the same time, will be more BMW than ever.”

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The company presented a clear picture of the brand’s future as a sedan with the BMW Vision Neue Klasse at IAA 2023. The latest Vision Vehicle now illustrates how BMW sees the future of its X models.

The BMW Vision Neue Klasse X stands for an active lifestyle, efficient dynamics, and a confident stance, according to officials. Its design combines a clear exterior design language with a bright and spacious interior.

The three main characteristics of the Neue Klasse – electric, digital and circular – are expanded to include a fourth dimension.

“The driving pleasure that forms the core of the BMW brand is taken to the next level with drive and chassis control developed specially for the Neue Klasse and with the sixth generation of BMW eDrive technology,” the company noted.

A new type of drive and chassis control delivers a superior driving experience that is tailored to individual needs. It is based on a new software stack developed by BMW that will help the vehicles of the Neue Klasse guarantee a smooth drive at all times.

“Neue Klasse means BMW driving at an even higher level,” explains Frank Weber, member of the board of management of BMW responsible for development. “The BMW of the future will have four totally new super-brains: high-performance computers working smartly together on what, up until now, was processed separately. It integrates the entire powertrain and driving dynamics with up to ten times more computing power. The second super-brain will enable the next quantum leap in automated driving,” Weber continues. “Going forward, we will combine four key control units in a single high-performance computer.”

In combination with the two-box profile of a BMW X model, the pared-down design language developed for the Neue Klasse also represents a major leap forward in both exterior and interior design. With its increased ground clearance, the fully electric vehicle architecture offers new possibilities for an even more spacious interior. It allows for a long wheelbase, short overhangs, and classic BMW proportions.

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“The BMW Vision Neue Klasse X provides a look ahead to the X models of the Neue Klasse. The same principles apply to our Sport Activity Vehicles: electric, digital, and circular,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design. “The X models will always remain strong in character: monolithic, clean, and with a very distinctive vertical interpretation of the BMW light signature.”

Front and center is the BMW kidney grille, reimagined as a three-dimensional sculpture with vertically aligned and backlit contours. Together, the headlights and kidney grille create a lighting effect that is activated as the driver approaches the vehicle and continues in the interior.

Flush glass surfaces and the bright “Coral Silver” exterior paintwork give the BMW Vision Neue Klasse X a certain lightness. In the rear portion of the side windows, the brand’s signature Hofmeister kink is realized not through chrome edging, but with a “reflective print” that forms a transparent or reflective surface, depending on the viewing angle.

The slightly elevated seating position ensures a confident driving experience. The redesigned steering wheel with multifunction buttons, Central Display with intuitive touch control functionality, and BMW Panoramic Vision, together with the advanced voice control of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, serve as the effortless and intuitive interfaces for human-car interaction. BMW Panoramic Vision projects key information across the full width of the windscreen.

In the BMW Vision Neue Klasse X, the Central Display is elegantly integrated into the instrument panel, providing both front passengers with optimal access to all infotainment functions. The colors shown are not only transferred to the ambient light, but also to the backlit textile surfaces of the instrument panel.

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In the Neue Klasse, overall vehicle efficiency reaches a new level. The latest, sixth generation of BMW eDrive technology is key to this. In addition to improved e-drive units, it also features new cylindrical lithium-ion battery cells, with a volumetric energy density more than 20 percent higher than that of the prismatic cells previously used. In combination with the transition to an 800-volt system, this will improve charging speed by up to 30 percent. The sixth generation of BMW eDrive also delivers up to 30 percent more range. When it comes to aerodynamics, the BMW Vision Neue Klasse X boasts an impressive reduction in drag of about 20 percent compared to current BMW X models.

The choice of materials and construction method enable easier disassembly of components and improved recyclability. The side skirts and front and rear apron attachments are also produced from recycled mono-materials. In this, the new design concept follows the principle of the BMW i Vision Circular presented in 2021, which relied extensively on mono-materials to optimize recyclability.

The Neue Klasse also heralds a new chapter in production history. BMW Group Plant Debrecen in Hungary was planned and developed as an iFACTORY. When production of the Neue Klasse gets underway in 2025, it will become the first BMW Group manufacturing site in the world to run entirely on fossil-free energy.

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