In its hometown, BMW will preview the shape and key design elements of the next-generation 7 Series in a concept vehicle, a company source told Automotive News Europe. The concept will be the first BMW Group vehicle to be based on the Neue Klasse, German for New Class, architecture, which is designed to be primarily full electric but can also accommodate diesel or gasoline engines, including plug-in hybrids. The New Class architecture will be the central pillar in BMW's plan to have full-electric models account for at least half of global deliveries by 2030.
Additionally, BMW will showcase its fuel cell capabilities with the iX5 Hydrogen. The drive system includes the company's fifth- generation electric drive technology, and the crossover will deliver up to 374 hp.
The Renault Group brand will show the Jogger seven-seat family model that will replace the Logan MCV station wagon in its lineup.
The luxury brand will demonstrate its enthusiasm for EVs at the Munich show, where it will debut the EQE sedan. The electric version of the E-Class is expected next year, based on the all-new Electric Vehicle Architecture, and will compete against the Audi A6 E-tron and BMW's planned electric version of the 5 Series. The sedan will be built at Mercedes' factories in Bremen, Germany, and Beijing. Mercedes will also premiere a battery-powered Mercedes-Maybach, as well as two Mercedes-AMG models — a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric model. Electrifying those high-end nameplates would allow Mercedes to meet escalating vehicle emissions targets — especially in Europe and China — without compromising the driving performance customers expect.