- Official presentation in the course of next year – presumably with drives similar to the iX
- Photo gallery: BMW i7 as the official Erlkonig
Official presentation in the course of next year – presumably with drives similar to the iX
BMW presents the first teaser photos and a video of the electric 7 Series. The pictures show the car during test drives in Arjeplog, Sweden. The car, which BMW is now calling the i7 for the first time, will be presented in the course of the coming year, according to the manufacturer.
The engineers find ideal conditions for testing the drive train and chassis on the smooth roads and ice lakes near the Arctic Circle. BMW has already officially revealed that the car will receive the fifth generation of the eDrive. The iDrive 5 is also used in the iX, which also competes in the upper class. So the i7 should also get similar drives.
So there could be an i7 xDrive40 with around 240 kW, an i7 xDrive50 with around 385 kW and later perhaps an i7 M60 with 440 kW. The batteries should also have similar values to the iX. In the basic model, a 71 kWh battery ensures a range of up to 425 km, while in the xDrive50 a 105 kWh battery works for up to 630 km.
In its press release, BMW reveals the power consumption in the current state of development. According to the WLTP standard, it is 19.5 to 22.5 kWh / 100 km. This corresponds almost exactly to the power consumption of the iX xDrive40, which is 19.3 to 22.5 kWh, while the consumption of the more powerful iX xDrive50 is specified as 19.8 to 23.0 kWh.
Visually, the i7 hardly differs from the discontinued generation of the 7 series. One can be curious about the size of the grill, which is much discussed among fans. The images seem to indicate that the element that is actually quite superfluous in electric cars is getting smaller again.
Photo gallery: BMW i7 as the official Erlkonig
As far as the chassis is concerned, BMW promises a good balance between sportiness and travel comfort. The fine-tuning for the steering and ESP as well as the cooperation between the friction brake and recuperation (the so-called blending) is now being worked out on the smooth lanes of Lapland. The extreme sub-zero temperatures also put the electric motors and the battery, including their temperature control, to the test.
The previous 7 Series is based on the combustion engine platform CLAR (CLuster ARchitecture), which supports rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. It remains to be seen whether this will also be the case with the new generation. Automotive News Europe recently wrote that the car would already be based on the New Class. This would primarily be geared towards the electric drive, but would also allow other drives.
Since the new class has not been announced until 2025, it is more likely that BMW will proceed as with the iX. BMW writes: "The model, which was designed for pure electric mobility from the start, is also based on a new future construction kit (…)".
In any case, versions with combustion engines and plug-in hybrids are to be expected again parallel to the electric 7 Series. The Mercedes EQS will be among the competitors and the production version of the Audi Grandsphere belong, which probably anticipates the next Audi A8. However, this will probably not start before 2025.
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