BMW is working on a redesign for its 7-Series and has announced that a battery-electric version of the new full-size sedan will be offered.
The announcement was made by BMW Group CEO Oliver Zipse during the automaker’s annual general meeting held on Wednesday in Munich, Germany.
The next generation 7-Series will be available with four drivetrains: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and fully electric”, said Zipse during the Annual Press Conference. “All drivetrains will be based on a single architecture. And the top, most powerful 7-Series will be fully electric.”
Whether it will be named the i7 or not is still to be confirmed. The most powerful 7-Series on sale today is the M760i, which uses a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 with 600 HP and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The current BMW 7-Series flagship offers a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) of 3.6 seconds and a 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed. The upcoming BEV 7-Series should be equally fast, if not faster.
The technology supports batteries with up to 120 kilowatt-hours of capacity, or enough for up to 400 miles of range. And the powertrain can deliver as much as 720 horsepower; it’s also a modular design combining the electric motor, transmission and power control unit into the same housing.8
BMW’s decision to produce vehicles with different drive technologies alongside one another for the foreseeable future will help transition the brand and its long-time customers into an all-electric future.