2019 is shaping up to be a good year for the automotive industry with new and innovative vehicles on full display. Electrification pushes onward as manufacturers strive to bring something new to the table. Just recently, a thrilling new ride called the Lightyear One is introducing an EV that touts next-generation solar panels on its roof and hood. Basically, it might be the world’s first electric vehicle that can charge using sunlight. One German brand is not planning to just sit on the sidelines, which gives us the BMW Vision M Next.

One look at the futuristic aesthetics gives us a preview of what BMW is cooking up in their offices. For some of you, the Vision M Next might look a bit familiar. That’s because this new concept car seems to be drawing some design ideas from the 2014 i8. However, it still manages to stand out as something completely different from the older model.

The iconic kidney grille and the front bumpers sport Thrilling Orange accents. Meanwhile, the posterior portion of the vehicle flaunts the same color that extends past to the rear flanks. The tone adds an aggressive contrast to the otherwise matte Cast Silver exterior. The two front wheels measure 21 inches, while the rear pair come in 22 inches and both have a classy two-tone colorway.

This aerodynamic supercar is powered by a hybrid powertrain. You’re looking at a total output of 600 horsepower form the turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motors. Moreover, it is capable of completing a 0-62 mph run within three seconds with a top speed of 186 mph. Owners can quickly switch between all-wheel and rear-wheel drive modes. Likewise, they can toggle between all-electric and hybrid propulsion as well. The BMW Vision M Next in one exciting ride that will hopefully make it out of concept limbo.

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