The BMW Vision Neue Class X has round battery cells, four super brains and a 3D grille

BMW has announced a new concept car, the Vision Neue Class The vehicle is a crossover SUV with BMW’s signature kidney-shaped grille (extremely distinctive, but we’ll get to that in the second part) and a lot of innovative features, especially around the battery and electrical architecture, that suggest a lot of exciting things will happen in BMW’s future.

The automaker has been planning the next phase of its EV evolution for years. The third phase is called the Neue Klasse, the first vehicle of which should arrive in 2025. In anticipation of this, the automaker has been rolling out new EV models at a steady pace, including EV versions of the 4, 5 and 7 Series, as well as the iX compact SUV.

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“We underline that the Neue Klasse is much more than just a car or a specific concept,” said Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, in a statement. “It redefines the BMW brand – and at the same time will be more BMW than ever.”

The car looks, well, very BMW. The kidney grille is somehow even more striking than usual, with the automaker transforming its signature design into a “three-dimensional sculpture with vertically aligned and backlit corridors.” And it lights up when the driver approaches the vehicle.

Of course, the grille is completely unnecessary in an electric vehicle, which does not have a combustion engine that needs to be cooled. It’s been interesting to see BMW’s evolving approach to the grille, especially as EV engines replace engines. This latest version will undoubtedly provide many spicy recordings!

But the grille is just the icing on the cake. The powertrain, and especially the battery, is where BMW is putting forward its most interesting ideas about the future of EVs. The battery cells are rounded, which BMW says has 20 percent more energy density than the prismatic cells found in most EV batteries. Combined with the vehicle’s 800-volt architecture, the battery enables charging speeds up to 30 percent faster than normal, allowing the EV to travel 300 km (about 186 miles) in just 10 minutes, according to BMW.

BMWs tend to perform better in terms of range, so this new architecture suggests the company will continue to impress in that area. BMW did not reveal the total range of the Vision Neue Class

Other range improvements have been considered, including a 20 percent reduction in drag compared to the current model range. New tires and special brakes are also part of the overall package designed to increase efficiency by 25 percent, BMW says.

Every car of the future will need a powerful computer to manage its operations, and BMW is proud to announce that they have four. The four computers, also known as ‘super brains’, will ‘take the driving experience to a new dimension’. Not literally, but the four different “high-performance computers that smartly work together on what was previously processed separately,” Frank Weber, member of the BMW AG board of management responsible for development, said in a statement.

The first superbrain, designed entirely in-house, integrates driving dynamics with the powertrain with “10 times more computing power.” BMW says its next superbrain will lead the company’s future move toward automated driving.

The interior is packed with sustainable materials, such as a plant-based, mineral and petroleum-free surface material called ‘Verdana’, as well as maritime plastic and reclaimed fishing nets. And the vehicle itself will be manufactured later this year in a factory that the company says is designed to run on fossil fuel-free energy.

A longer-than-normal wheelbase and short overhangs make for a roomier interior, and boy, it sure looks chic. The materials look particularly beautiful and the large windows with slender pillars provide a very illuminated greenhouse. The centrally mounted touchscreen offsets a huge heads-up display that spans the entire width of the windshield.

Previous reports indicate that the Vision Neue Class

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