45 years after the first 7-Series, BMW has just unveiled the seventh generation of its top-of-the-range limousine. If thermal and rechargeable hybrid models are planned, the 100% electric version will be the flagship of the series. The BMW i7 is the core of this reinterpretation, which brings mobility to a level of pleasure and unique exclusivity. It embodies luxury, modernity and testifies to a vision of premium mobility that is about sustainability issues. Produced in Germany at the Dingolfing factory, it will be available in November from 139,900 euros. A diesel model will complete the range shortly after launch. Plug-in hybrid versions will then be integrated into the series from the beginning of 2023.
Two electric motors that deliver 400 kW of power
New BMW i7 xDrive60 has two electric motors that deliver a combined power of 400 kW (544 hp). It also has electric four-wheel drive combined with skid reduction technology. This for a calm ride, instantaneous power transmission and optimized directional stability. Despite its high weight (2.7 tons empty), it can shoot 0 to 100 km / h in 4.7 seconds. Its battery with a useful capacity of 101.7 kWh gives it a range of up to 625 km in the WLTP cycle. The BMW i7 can also regain almost 170 km of autonomy in 10 minutes on an ultra-fast terminal. It accepts direct current charging up to 195 kW. On an AC terminal it can be recharged with an output of 11 kW.
A renewed design
The design of the BMW i7 differs profoundly from previous generations of the 7 Series. It is characterized by an oversized grille that is destined to become the hallmark of highly advanced BMWs. The contours of its “beans” are backlit, and the headlights are two-stage. Wider and taller than its predecessor by about 5 cm, the New BMW 7 Series is also 13 cm longer. The body is now only offered with a long wheelbase of 3,215 meters. Enough to offer extremely generous seats at the rear of the cabin. The stern is more traditional with horizontal lights that spill over the fenders and form a stretched “L” on each side. A few blue elements also underline the BMW i7’s 100% electrical character.
The various models of the New Series 7 give technology and displays an honor. There is a 12.3-inch information screen and a 14.9-inch central control screen. Two screens placed behind a continuous, curved surface facing the driver. These models also feature innovative technology packages with a new generation of sensors, new software, and a powerful computing platform that offers tremendous capabilities for implementing Level 3 autonomous driving and parking features. Park Assist Plus with rear assist and forward collision warning are included as standard. It detects oncoming vehicles when the car turns left at an intersection. Other features are available as an option, such as an automatic speed limitation assistant or an active lane change and deployment assistant.
The German brand has made comfort an absolute priority for the BMW i7, a true embodiment of luxury. A comfort that is especially found in a very nice interior with a special Veganza cover in artificial leather. Passengers are especially pampered with heated, ventilated and massaging functions for the rear seats. Seats that can be reclined to turn them into a bench to rest. These passengers will also be in the front row to take full advantage of a 31.3-inch 8K screen. A screen that can be lowered from the ceiling to turn the rear of the cabin into a small cinema room. They will also have 5.5-inch touch screens integrated into the doors. Small screens that allow them to control the multimedia system, the location of the seats or the lighting of the cabin.