The new luxury electric BMW i7 will be unveiled in 2022 and the German carmaker has published more photos of the car will compete with the Mercedes EQS, Porsche Taycan, Polestar 5 and Tesla Model S.
The electric version of the next Series 7 is now in the final phase of development and is being tested in extreme weather conditions. So far, the performance of the battery and electric motor in a very hot climate and the suspension and other settings in Sweden, near the Arctic Circle, have been evaluated.
When the all-electric i7 is released on the market, it will be available along with the plug-in hybrid, petrol and diesel versions of the next generation of the 7 Series, as is the case with the iX3 and i4, the electric versions of the conventional X3 and 4 Series Gran Coupe.
New images from tests of the 7 Series in early 2022 reveal a little more about the car’s design, with its distinctly separated headlights at the front. Relying on other models in the “i” series, we expect the i7 to have a large grille, such as the BMW iX. The shape of the car is more reminiscent of a three-volume model than of the curves of the aerodynamically focused bodywork of the Mercedes EQS.
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It has already been confirmed that the electric variant of the 7 Series will use BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive drivetrain, which is also present in the i4 and iX. Apart from this information, BMW has not made public any other details such as battery size, range, engine options and their performance.
We expect the i7 to be offered with the iX’s battery and engine, which in the top-of-the-line xDrive50 version delivers 523 horsepower and 765 Nm of torque, makes 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, and thanks to the 105.2 kWh battery, it can travel 613 kilometers on one charge.