With the new model generation, BMW electrifies the luxury class.
After the images had already leaked to the internet, BMW has now officially unveiled the new 7 Series. The seventh generation of the luxury sedan will hit the Swiss market in November, initially as a purely electric i7 variant. Two plug-in hybrids and a diesel variant will follow later.
The design of the new 7 Series has given a lot to talk about in advance, as with all new BMW models of recent times. The ever-growing kidney grid and, more recently, a wild interplay of convex and concave shapes have not been well received by the social media community. But now that the 7 Series images have been released, a completely different detail provides discussion material: For the first time, the 7 Series has two-part headlights.
Private cinema in the back
Another novelty is that the 7 Series is only available in one length and is identical worldwide. The shorter version is no longer available, from now on the sedan is only available in XXL. The dimensions have increased by 130mm in length, 48mm in width and 51mm in height, the length is now 5.39 meters. The wheelbase has increased by five millimeters to 3.22 meters over the previous long wheelbase version, which obviously translates into a huge amount of space inside.
It goes without saying that a new model generation of a luxury sedan is equipped with additional comfort features and the latest technology. Highlights of the new 7 Series are the doors that open and close automatically, an illuminated grille bezel kidney and a pull-out cinema screen from the roof lining »for the private cinema in the rear, with a 31.3-inch touchscreen as a panoramic display with 8K resolution.
But the biggest innovation of the 7 Series is the electric drive. The i7 xDrive60 combines two electric motors with a system output of 400 kW / 544 hp to form an electric all-wheel drive. The luxury sedan accelerates to 100 km / h in 4.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 240 km / h. The battery with a useful capacity of 101.7 kWh should allow a maximum range of up to 625 kilometers, recharging with up to 195 kW, which means that electricity for another 170 kilometers can be drawn in ten minutes at the station corresponding fast charging. Over the next year, the i7 M70 xDrive will be launched, a high-performance variant with an expected output of 485 kW / 660 hp.
The two plug-in hybrids 750e xDrive and 760e xDrive will be available as early as early 2023, both combining a 3-liter straight-six petrol engine with an electric motor and delivering 360 kW / 490 hp and 420 kW / 571 hp respectively. Both variants are expected to achieve a purely electric range of over 80 kilometers. The 740d xDrive with a 3-liter straight-six diesel (220 kW / 300 hp), which is expected to be available from spring 2023, completes the range. Prices for the new 7 Series and i7 have not yet been announced.
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