BMW CEO also confirms X7 and Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUVs will launch in 2018.

The reveal was made by BMW chairman Harald Krüger while speaking during the company’s 96th Annual General Meeting in Munich. Rumors about a new car positioned above the 7 Series have been circulating on the Internet for quite some time, and although we still don’t have concrete evidence, with this announcement made by BMW it now seems more possible. His exact words were: “We will be introducing an additional BMW model in the luxury class.”

Automotive News says the new car will be an electric, self-driving flagship – iNext, as its dubbed for now. BMW CEO Harald Krueger said the flagship will be “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,” AN reports.

At the same meeting, Harald Krüger reiterated the company’s plans to introduce the first-ever X7 in 2018 and also a Rolls-Royce SUV codenamed “Cullinan” bound to arrive by the end of the same year. BMW also reaffirmed its commitment to slash CO2 emissions by rolling out a plethora of plug-in hybrids, from the X1 and 2 Series all the way up to the long-wheelbase 7 Series.

Between a new luxury model and a plug-in hybrid onslaught, it's worth reminding that an open-top i8 is pinned for a 2018 launch.

Source: BMW, Automotive News

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