BMW’s self-driving electric car will not enter the market until 2021 according to new reports.

The 2021 release date for BMW’s first autonomous electric car means that it will trail rivals Mercedes-Benz and Audi in terms of release dates by multiple years.

BMW’s iNext platform is the company’s answer to the industry’s shift towards electric and hybrid powertrain vehicles. It will be the follow-up to their first foray into the electric car market with the i3 in 2013.

The iNext model will reportedly sit above the 7-Series in the model line-up and will become the brand’s new flagship model.

“[The iNext 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,” CEO Harald Krueger said.

We will keep you updated as we hear more about BMW’s future plans regarding electric and autonomous vehicles.

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