BMW is testing its new technology flagship in the desert regions of South Africa to check how the iNext copes with extreme heat, solar radiation and dust.
Earlier the car underwent intensive testing in the cold at the polar circle. The conditions in the Kalahari contrast with the severe arctic weather.
In this hot phase of the development process, car components – the bodywork, drive, suspension, driver assistance systems, conditioning and other electronics, batteries, motors have to prove their functionality and durability.
The hot climate tests are part of the test program according to which prototypes are checked at different places, from Miramas in Southern France, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and other racetracks to the Winter Center in Arjeplog, Sweden, and then to desert regions like Savanna in the North West of South Africa.
Production of the series BMW iNEXT will begin next year at the BMW Dingolfing plant. Designed as a modern Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), the new model combines the latest innovations.
It features the 5th-generation BMW eDrive technology. The car’s suspension control and driver assistance systems pave the way for a next step towards autonomous driving.