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Check out BMW's radical new look for its next generation of cars

Tim Levin   

Check out BMW's radical new look for its next generation of cars
Meet the BMW Vision Neue Klasse.BMW
  • BMW just gave a glimpse at what its future cars will look like.
  • The brand's latest concept shows the radical design direction it's taking.

BMW's future looks radical, sleek, and full of flashy screens — judging by a striking new concept car the brand unveiled on Saturday.

The Vision Neue Klasse previews the sort of futuristic design we're likely to see from BMW's next-generation electric vehicles once they hit the road in 2025. Take a closer look here:

Meet the BMW Vision Neue Klasse, a concept car that previews what future BMWs will look like.

Meet the BMW Vision Neue Klasse, a concept car that previews what future BMWs will look like.
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

BMW unveiled the design concept at an auto show on Saturday.

It's just a concept car, so it's unlikely that BMW will sell a model that looks exactly like this.

It
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

But the one-off vehicle gives a good idea of the kind of direction BMW is taking with its future designs.

The car keeps some classic BMW design elements, like its split grille and double headlights.

The car keeps some classic BMW design elements, like its split grille and double headlights.
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

But BMW brought those timeless elements into the 21st — or maybe 22nd — century.

It looks straight out of science fiction, but also pared-down and minimalist.

It looks straight out of science fiction, but also pared-down and minimalist.
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

"The design of the Neue Klasse is typically BMW and so progressive it looks like we skipped a model generation," Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW group's head of design, said in a press release.

The car's 3D-printed taillights were conceived to "create an impression of depth," BMW said.

The car
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

You can see the same look up front, too.

BMW didn't just rethink its exterior design — it brought the same forward-thinking approach to the Neue Klasse's interior.

BMW didn
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

Electric powertrains, which are more compact than regular engines and transmissions, let car companies maximize interior space for passengers and their stuff.

The interior looks super clean, modern, and uncluttered.

The interior looks super clean, modern, and uncluttered.
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

Instead of a rectangular screen, BMW put in a quirky parallelogram.

It's full of bright fabrics and lacks chrome and leather details.

It
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

BMW said that removing those decorative elements should help make manufacturing less carbon-intensive. It looks like BMW is moving away from traditional luxury and toward a more spartan look.

The steering wheel is flat on top and bottom.

The steering wheel is flat on top and bottom.
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

It's reminiscent of the angular wheel you get in BMW's iX SUV.

In addition to a central touchscreen, the concept has an ultra-wide display that's projected onto the windshield.

In addition to a central touchscreen, the concept has an ultra-wide display that
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

Here's a feature that truly sounds like it's from the future: BMW says the driver or passenger will be able to move content from the main screen to the head-up display "with a simple gesture."

Slim pillars and big windows make the interior look open and airy.

Slim pillars and big windows make the interior look open and airy.
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

Seats that are mounted to the floor by a single bracket each create extra legroom, BMW said.

A standout feature of the cabin is a humongous glass roof.

A standout feature of the cabin is a humongous glass roof.
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

Let's hope that makes it into the final product.

Here's another view of the roof, this time from above.

Here
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

From this angle you can also see that the Vision Neue Klasse has four seats instead of the expected five.

BMW also said its next-generation cars will charge 30% faster and offer 30% more range than its current technology allows.

BMW also said its next-generation cars will charge 30% faster and offer 30% more range than its current technology allows.
The BMW Vision Neue Klasse.      BMW

It all sounds — and looks — pretty promising. But we'll have to wait a few years for the real deal.

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