BMW confirms i7 as part of 2023 7 Series launch

Booked in to hit Australian soil in the last quarter of 2022, the all-new seventh generation BMW 7 Series will include an all-electric version for the first time. The i7 xDrive60 will use fifth generation BMW eDrive technology, delivering fast charging and long-range driving.

Two electric motors and a 101.7kWh high voltage battery give the i7 a range of 590-625km, aided by optimised adaptive recuperation, intelligent energy usage and improved climate control.

Range can be increased by 170km in 10 minutes using high speed DC charging. It’s no slouch either. The electrified 7-series develops staggering power figures of 400kW and 745Nm, with the ability to hammer down a 0-100km/h time of 4.7 seconds.

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That means it outstrips the performance of the petrol powered 740i, which itself will hit showrooms just before the EV. The revised 740i hosts the most powerful version of the iconic straight six TwinPower turbo engine, which produces 280kW and 540Nm of torque.

Married to a new 8-speed Steptronic transmission, 0-100km/h is dealt with in a still-impressive 5.4 seconds. Other powertrain changes include redesigned combustion chambers and intake ports, and a new ignition system with active coils.

48-volt mild hybrid technology has also been added to the 740i, with an electric motor and power electronics used to smooth out the power delivery from the combustion engine. Comfort is enhanced by chassis upgrades too.

The addition of two-axle air suspension and adaptive damping improves the big car. The 2023 7 Series will be offered in long wheelbase only. That means both the 740i and i7 are 130mm longer, 51mm taller and 48mm wider than the previous generation.

BMW increased the size of the model to reinforce its dominant road stature, while the front-end facelift further distinguishes the luxury image of the series, particularly the modernised split-headlight arrangement and opulent grille design.

A luxurious and progressive atmosphere continues into the cabin with a ‘multi-sensory vehicle experience’, comprised of the sweeping curved iDrive display with next generation operating system, 8K resolution rear theatre screen, and a new head-up display.

A new version of the brand’s intelligent personal assistant also features and an executive lounge option for the rear will be available, featuring optimised reclining seat position and new BMW Individual Merino leather and cashmere wool trim.

Australian customers can also choose an M Sport package for more aggressive, performance-evoking styling upgrades. Plug-in hybrid variants of the new 7 Series are scheduled to arrive in Australia at the start of 2023.

Among those variants will be an M model with both a straight 6-cylinder combustion engine and plug-in hybrid system. Australian customers will receive a complimentary 5-year unlimited usage subscription to the Chargefox network with the purchase of the i7.

Pricing and specification announcements are due in the lead up to the 7 Series launch.

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