BMW i7 – Next Generation 7 Series EV Version Claims to be World’s First Fully Electric Luxury Sedan
BMW has shown footage of the upcoming all-electric i7 flagship sedan undergoing cold-weather testing at the BMW Group Winter Testing Center in Arjeplog, Sweden.
BMW claims the i7 is “the world’s first fully electric luxury sedan,” which is interesting in light of its own pure EV flagship preceded by models like the Mercedes-Benz EQS and the Lucid Air; maybe BMW means the i7 cuts a more distinct three-box silhouette than the others.
Classification aside, the upcoming i7 EV is based on the same vehicle concept as all of the other BWM 7 series variants, the automaker said, and is currently being tested for driving dynamics as well as the integrated application. of its drive and suspension systems.
Powertrain specifications are not provided by BMW at this point, although the company’s claimed use of its fifth-generation eDrive technology currently in use in the iX means the flagship will include 320 all-wheel-drive powertrains. PS and 500 PS from the SUV.
Rumors have it that the i7 range will also include an M Performance model and is expected to be dubbed “i7 M60” or “Mi7”, and therefore likely to be a pure EV successor to the current V12-powered flagship M760Li.
This means that the potential high-end i7 could get two electric motors for a total output of 650 PS, leading the future range of the 7-series which will cover internal combustion, plug-in hybrid and fully electric versions.
BMW has yet to unveil the interior of the i7, although the 7 Series it is based on has had its interior spotted by spy photographers. Since the i7 is based on the upcoming 7 Series, its interior architecture could also be taken from that lineup, which has been seen to adopt the layout of the iX.
Spy footage of the all-electric flagship sedan also found a development mule fitted with a range of exterior cameras or sensors on several parts of its body, suggesting the i7 and 7 series are being prepared for a increased level of autonomous driving ability. . These cameras on the front quarter panels and in the roof-mounted shark fin housing also appear to be present on the car in these images.
In August, BMW Group Chairman of the Board, Oliver Zipse, said that fully electric versions of the upcoming 7 Series – as well as the X1 and 5 Series – over the next two years, which lists the i7 for its debut by 2023 at the latest.