At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, BMW showed off a unique electric vehicle concept capable of unconventional communication with the driver. Dubbed the BMW i Vision Dee, it is a concept electric vehicle loaded with various advanced futuristic technologies and is expected to debut among the brand’s future electric vehicles. The concept car takes design cues from modern BMW models, but this EV has a lot of uniqueness that sets it apart.
The concept previews a mid-size sedan with a stripped-down design language. It could transform into an i3 sedan based on the Neue Klasse architecture. The sedan features traditional BMW design elements such as the kidney grille, twin headlights and Hofmeister kink, but the differences are obvious.
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The front profile of the car is similar to the i Vision Circular concept car unveiled in September 2021. The new concept car has a shorter front overhang and a longer wheelbase, ensuring a spacious cabin. BMW claims the concept’s headlights and grille are designed to create a physical icon by combining the physical and the digital on a unified surface that can change its appearance using e-ink technology. It can express emotions and give some facial expressions, and even talk to people. As part of the welcome move, an image of the driver’s head can be projected onto the side windows, the automaker claims.
The Concept EV has a clean side profile without traditional door handles or mirror caps. The wheels are also minimalist in the yellow paint theme, while the rear LED taillights are mounted high. The rear bumper looks chunky.
Inside the cabin, a key feature is the head-up display (HUD) within the confines of the windscreen. The automaker said the technology will debut in one of its Neue Klasse-based electric vehicles in 2025. Traditional buttons and switches have been done away with, and it doesn’t come with an iDrive controller. The car features a BMW Mixed Reality slider with touch-sensitive sensors on the dashboard to control the giant HUD. There are five selectable modes that allow the driver to choose how much they want displayed on the HUD. The steering wheel is also very unconventional, like the rest of the car. It has a vertical spoke and contact points.
While design and interior details have already been revealed, BMW is expected to reveal its technical specifications later this year.
First published date: Jan 5, 2023 at 13:51pm CST