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Go behind the scenes where BMW builds iNext prototypes

The Pilot Plant in Munich builds BMW's secretive next-gen cars before actual production commences.

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BMW on Tuesday published a few more teasers for the iNext SUV.     

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The teasers don't show anything we haven't seen.

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Most of the body remains covered in shape-hiding camouflage, but from what we can tell, it looks like a pretty ordinary SUV.   

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The location of the teasers, however, is quite interesting.    

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BMW took these shots at its Pilot Plant in Munich, part of the automaker's research and innovation center.     

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This is where BMW builds the early prototype versions of the cars that will eventually head to production.    

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In addition to secretly assembling metal people won't see for months (or longer), BMW uses this early assembly process to refine things for when the vehicle begins serial production on a proper assembly line.    

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Rotary bonding, which uses friction to join aluminum and high-strength steel, is one of the newer technologies being employed on the line as automakers continue to blend metals in vehicle bodies.   

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The BMW iNext will enter production in 2021, and by the time assembly commences, some 100 prototypes will have been built.

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Keep scrolling or clicking to check out even more pictures of the BMW iNext and the Pilot Plant.

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