By on September 24, 2019

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Riding atop a newer version of the existing modular CLAR platform, the i7 could boast a number of electric motors, though two would seem the bare minimum for all-wheel drive versions.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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12 Comments on “Report: BMW’s Luxo-barge Sedan to Gain Some Big Batteries...”

  • avatar

    Honestly most of the cars in this class should already be electric.

    Buyers aren’t all that price sensitive, these are not the cars people are using for long road trips into the middle of nowhere, and electric propulsion is fantastic for luxury cars with its quiet and smoothness.

    Wouldn’t be shocked to see the i7 represent the majority of 7-Series sales even in the U.S.

    • 0 avatar

      I would add to sublime quite and smoothness massive instantly available torque.

    • 0 avatar

      They’re primarily Autobahn sleds. At the gentleman limited 155mph, you’ll make it approximately down the onramp from one charging station, before you need to look for another.

      Half this much battery, in conjunction with a big diesel, is what these cars should be. No local emissions at all in local, city driving; and proper range and behavior out in the open where emissions from engines as clean as modern diesels, don’t really matter.

      • 0 avatar

        The Autobahn is in one country, which is not one of the largest markets even for these cars.

        No one in the US, China, the Middle East, or the rest of Europe is driving these things around at 155 mph.

        “Modern” diesels are fraudulent and shouldn’t be sold. They can deliver acceptable performance or acceptable emissions, but not both at the same time.

        • 0 avatar

          No vehicle is going to deliver acceptable emissions when pushed to the limit. More fuel burnt equates to more pollution, no matter how effective the after-emissions treatment systems are.

          The modern state-of-the-art EURO 6d Diesel engines are actually quite clean and considered by some here to be the better internal combustion engine over EURO 6-Temp gasoline motors. The NOx issue has been solved with more larger urea reserves and more effective filtration systems.

  • avatar

    All it needs to do is get the family from the house to the jet hanger for their weekend in the Martha Vineyard.

  • avatar

    BMW should make a special version with a bubble on the roof so Her Holiness Saint Greta can be chauffeured in it. Then she could continue her worldwide tour around the world in eco-friendly comfort.

  • avatar

    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?

    • 0 avatar
      Master Baiter

      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.

  • avatar

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

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