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BMW hopes to lead by example in structural reforms of the German automotive industry and will present an "iNext vision vehicle" in the course of the year.

The first image of the iNext Vision, or at least a teaser sketch showing the side of the auto, was presented by BMW's chairman of the board Harald Krüger during Thursday's annual general meeting. We've heard that it would be some sort of SUV.

While this sketch offers us a vague glimpse at the iNext, BMW CEO Harald Krüger has confirmed a formal concept previewing the iNext will be revealed sometime in 2019.

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Being a technological flagship for BMW, the iNext will incorporate multiple technologies that will define the automaker's cars going into the future, the three main ones being electric propulsion, self-driving capability and advanced interfaces. "The iNext is fully electric, fully connected and offers highly automated driving".

And we highly doubt that the BMW iNEXT, the vehicle that the Bavarians are hoping will help shape the brand's future, will be a wagon. Level 3 means the driver can let go of the wheel and even look away for extended periods, though they have to be ready to take over within seconds. Additionally, BMW will release an electric vehicle for its British Mini brand in 2019 and an electric BMW "X3" by 2020. The highlight was a gesture control system called AirTouch that enables control of entertainment, navigation and communication functions using purely hand gestures.

The image shows an SUV silhouette similar is size to an X5, BMW's mid-size SUV. Not much could be made out of it, but it does give us an idea about it. The model is dubbed as BMW iNEXT and is expected to enter into production by the year 2021. The iNext is scheduled to become available for sale to customers in 2021.