BMW will soon launch the all-electric iX SUV in the US market. Powered by two electric motors producing 496 horsepower, the iX will carry BMW’s most advanced drivetrain in North America; but it won’t be the company’s most advanced drivetrain globally. Last year, BMW said it would build a hydrogen fuel cell version of its popular X5 SUV. Those plans for a small series of vehicles based on the 2021 BMW X5, called the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT, are on track for 2022.
The Bavarian brand’s Lightweight Construction and Technology Center (LuTZ) in Landshut, Germany will produce components for the i Hydrogen NEXT, with installation taking place in Munich. BMW hosted a “Hydrogen Technology Day” in Germany, showing off the upcoming hydrogen model. The i Hydrogen NEXT looks mostly like an X5, but with a unique livery, blue wheels, a different grille, and a new bumper with no exhaust pipes.