Report: BMW's Luxo-barge Sedan to Gain Some Big Batteries

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

With Europe quickly going the Greta route, stately sedans with eight- and 12-cylinder engines are an endangered species. Actually, sedans as a whole fit that bill, and increasingly stringent emissions regulations aren’t making the task of developing and selling these vehicles any easier.

With this in mind, BMW seems to have a solution for the 7 Series’ continued viability: offer it in a fully electric variant, with range to match its status.

According to sources who spoke to BMW Blog, the next-generation 7 Series will give buyers the option of dispensing with gasoline altogether. Dubbed the i7, a moniker BMW trademarked years ago, the electrified 7 Series will reportedly boast two battery sizes ⁠— each one of them generous.

Expected to arrive alongside the next-gen 7 Series in 2022, the i7 will apparently offer 100 kWh and 120 kWh battery packs, each good for a driving range of roughly 360 miles on the WLTP cycle. The basic unit powering the i7 is said to be good for 550 horsepower; the larger unit, found in the i7S, will feed current to electric motors totalling about 670 hp.

Riding atop a newer version of the existing modular CLAR platform, the i7 could boast a number of electric motors, though two would seem the bare minimum for all-wheel drive versions. The compact drive units expected to appear in this sedan will first show up in products like the i4 and iX3.

As rumors mount about Bimmer’s big-car EV gambit, the conditions propelling the switch away from gas aren’t going away. By the time such a vehicle appears on the scene, Jaguar will already have an all-electric XJ sedan on the market, with Mercedes-Benz following suit with an EV S-Class called the EQS. Unlike the Jag, however, Bimmer and Benz have no intention of not offering up conventional gas-powered versions of its range-toppers, especially for those living in North America.

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  • Jmo Jmo on Sep 24, 2019

    Question: Musk's great business insight was to market EVs as a luxury and performance technology. As we can see BMW misfired with it's EV penalty box i3. If EVs had initially been offered as a luxury and performance tech would there still be so much B&B hate? Or is the hate almost exclusively the result of Luddism?

    • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Sep 24, 2019

      Tesla got a number of things right, which is why cars like the Jaguar i-Pace and Audi E-Tron are languishing while Tesla sales are pretty respectable: 1. Dedicated EV platforms. 2. Fully integrated systems. Other manufacturers are trying to buy a motor from Company A, a battery from company B, a controller from Company C, etc. The result is poor overall Wh/mile efficiency compared to Tesla. 3. Superchargers.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Sep 24, 2019

    If the i7 doesn't have 48V and full multiplexing, we will know that BMW are Luddites along with the rest of the industry.

  • Dave M. The Outback alternates between decent design and goofy design every generation. 2005 was attractive, 2010 goofy. 2015 decent. 2020 good, but the ‘23 refresh hideous.Looking forward to the Outback hybrid in ‘26…..
  • Lorenzo Subaru had the ideal wagon - in 1995. The Legacy Outback was a straight two-box design with rear quarter and back windows you could see out of, and was available in brown with a 5-speed manual, as God and TTAC commenters intended. It's nice they're not raising prices, but when you've lost the plot, does it matter?
  • Bkojote Remember a month a go when Cleveland wanted to create a more walkable Cleveland and TTAC's 'BIG GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM' dumbest and dullest all collectively crapped their diapers? Here's the thing- look on any American highway and it's littered with people who don't /want/ to be driving or shouldn't be. Look at every Becky on her phone during the morning commute in her Tucson, look at every Brad aggro driving his 84 month loan GMC. Hell look how many drivers nowadays can't even operate a headlight switch. You expect these people to understand a stoplight? In my neighborhood alone 4 people have been rear ended at lights from someone on their phone. Distracted driving over the past 10 years has spiked, and it's only going to get worse unless Becky has an alternative, because no judge is going to pull her license when 'she needs it to get to work!' but heaven forbid she not check fb/tiktok for 40 minutes a day.
  • Scott Shouldn't the The Italian Minister for Business be criticizing The Milano for being too ugly to be Italian?Better use of resources doing that....
  • Steve Biro Frankly, while I can do without Eyesight and automatic start-stop, there is generally less B-S with Subarus in terms of design, utility and off-road chops than with many other brands. I just hope that when they adopt Toyota’s hybrid system, they’ll also use Toyota’s eCVT.