Those are actually the words of BMW’s chairman of the board of management and CEO, Harald Krüger from the unveiling of the BMW Vision Next 100. The project earns its namesake from encapsulating everything we can look forward to from the brand for the next century. A part of that looking forward includes confusion. No wheels? Not exactly. They’re covered by moving bodywork comprised of triangles that expand and compress to move with the wheel. The surface is, in a sense, elastic and therefore more aerodynamic. The twin kidneys are still a focal point of the front end, however useless they may be without a radiator to cool! As for the interior, the style is not all that surprising IF you’ve had the chance to sit in today’s i3. What sets it apart, however, is a similar system of triangles that raise and lower to show the red underside of the shapes when the driver’s attention is required. Aside from this, the interior’s familiarity seems to be an response to many other automakers call for things like bigger flashy screens, swiveling interiors and more quirky changes. Despite the Vision Next 100’s far-out exterior, at its heart, its rooted in being a straightforward driving machine.
Designer: Seungmo Lim & Henri von Freyberg for BMW