MUNICH, Germany — The BMW i Next, a self-driving flagship vehicle for BMW's i Brand, is in the product pipeline, said BMW CEO Harald Krueger during the company's annual shareholders meeting on Thursday.
"In 2018, we will launch a BMW i8 Roadster," Krueger said in a statement. "This will be followed in 2021 by the BMW i Next, our new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a totally new interior and ultimately bringing the next generation of electro-mobility to the road."
He added: "The discussion about e-mobility is an emotional one, but the decisive factor is that we move things forward."
Pricing and U.S. launch timing were not announced.
The BMW i brand is expanding, with more than 50,000 i vehicles sold to date, Krueger said.
BMW is set to offer a 2017 BMW i3 electric vehicle with 50 percent more battery capacity.
"Since 2013, revolution in automotive engineering has been all about the electric BMW i3," Krueger said.