• BMW confirms that the upcoming 7-Series will have an electric powertrain
• The new electric variant will compete against its rival manufacturers
• Launch expected by 2022 or 2023
March 21st, 2020: Recently, BMW, a reputed car manufacturing company, confirmed the launch of its flagship 7-Series trims with an electric powertrain. These battery-powered versions will sell along with pre-existing gas, diesel, and plug-in hybrids. The decision is not a sudden move by the manufacturer, but a very well competitive step against rival cars like the Mercedes-Benz EQS, upcoming electric Jaguar XJ, Tesla Model S, among others.
Also, the current 7-Series models that are already in the market as G11s have been selling since 2016.
The model has even received a few upgrades in current year trims. Moreover, we expect the new and refreshed models to arrive by 2022 and the electric trims by 2023. Additionally, last year 8,271 bought the series in America, and BMW upgraded the vehicle with a massive grille in the model due to rising customer demand for the same. It also said it measured these demands in two markets.
These luxury vehicles sold 20,000 units in China last year, making America the second most demanding country for cars. The demand for the changes was almost 150 percent higher among Chinese buyers in response to the Americans. The company incorporated a 40 percent larger grille into the new models due to rising demand.
The grille in the new trims is almost one foot in length, and its crest leads to the edge of the hood. It also extends horizontally and in a rearward manner, just like its predecessor, 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass’s maw. However, it differs from its predecessor because it offers improved aerodynamics with the assistance of active shutters.
Moreover, in between slats amidst the grille, shutters of the 2020 BMW 7-Series are seven percent sharper than previously manufactured models, also this website has covered a full in-depth review of this car. These improve the laminar flow and safeguard from transonic shock waves across parametric fam. Additionally, these slats yield almost 0.9 percent absolute vorticity gain under specific barometric pressures. The 40 percent bigger certainly doesn’t add 40 percent power to the engine. However, it does add up by 18 percent hp in comparison to pre-existing models.
The 2020 Model
Presently, there are five trims of this car, namely, 740i, 745e, 750i, Alpina B7, and M760i. The base variant begins at an MSRP of $87,445, and the topmost costs $158,695. The athletic and luxurious 2020 BMW 7-Series are available in many different powertrain variants.
The 750i trim comes with a V8 4.4-liter engine and generates 523 horsepower. The plug-in hybrid, i.e., 745e, no longer has a four-cylinder and electric motor. It is replaced with an electric-assisted twin-turbocharged six-cylinder gasoline engine that generates 389 hp and comes along with an optional 12 kWh battery pack.
The V8 750i xDrive generates a monstrous 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The grille advanced the current years’ power by 80 hp and torque by 74 lb-ft in comparison to its previous years’ model. The turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine of the 740i variant produces 320 hp, and the V12 twin-turbo twelve-cylinder engine of the M760i roars 601 hp. All of these models are all-wheel-drive cars, excluding the base six-cylinder 740i version.
These models have an eight-speed automatic transmission.
We are also sure that the M760i will have impressive fuel-economy ratings under the EPA and that the 740i and 750i will showcase better than average fuel economy on a 200-mile highway drive. The interior of the upcoming 2023 models will not shortfall out of the luxury experience offered in the pre-existing models.
The interior of the current model is competitive with cars like Genesis G90 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But besides competing with the wealthy class interior, the 18 cubic feet trunk of this car has already left rivals like G90 and CT6 helpless.
The company’s iDrive infotainment system in this current model offers a distinct and attractive interface with the latest iDrive 7.0, offering a touchscreen and center console with intuitive controls. There are other features like two USB ports, four 12V ports, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay. Optionally, owners can add a rear seat dock with a Samsung tablet.
In regards to safety, security, and assistance, BMW provides low-speed automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection as standard features. Optionally, owners can add a lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, along with semi-autonomous driving mode.
The company currently also provides a four-year or 50,000-mile warranty with its 7-series variants. However, the complimentary scheduled maintenance of three-year or 36,000-mile makes it outstanding in comparison to its competitors. Rivals like Lincoln Continental XJ and Black Label offer 50,000 mile or four-year warranty plans. Jaguar also provides five years and 60,000 miles of warranty plans. Details for the upcoming electric trims were recently released. However, they are still not specific, but we can say that they will have enhanced features in comparison to the pre-existing trims.
2023 Electric Specifications
According to a recently published company blog of the German car manufacturer, the confirmation announcement for the new electric 7-Series happened in Munich in the first week of February. The company is referring to these models as BEVs in the same series.
The company’s fifth generation of electric drivetrains will also launch with the debut of the upcoming i4 and iNext. These luxurious limousines will come to the market next year. In a recent blog of the company, the manufacturer states that the forthcoming 2023 trims will not have V8 or V12 engines in pre-existing models.
Instead, they will use hybrid engines similar to the 3.0-liter B58 six mil. The next-generation vehicle will generate 500 hp and will lead to the departure of the V8 twin-turbo 4.4-liter engines. They also claim that their most powerful engine variant can currently replace the power generated by the M760i. Among other electric models of the manufacturer, it seems as though the i7 moniker may soon come into existence in the market. Lastly, the BEVs could have two distinguished battery packs and electric motors and might arrive at variable prices.