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2018 BMW i7

2018 BMW i7
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  • BMW i7
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    544 (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    68000 (Est.)
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BMW’s ‘i’ division is beginning to make some headway in the electric car segment. The i3 and the i8 were the first two cars to enter this niche and now, it’s looking more and more likely that the next i-badged vehicle to come out of Munich will be a sedan. The car in question still has no name, but most people believe that it’s either going to be the i5 or the i7. For or the purpose of this space, let’s call it the i7. More importantly, the vehicle is being prepared to take on the current standard-bearer of the electric sedan segment: the Tesla Model S.

Not much is known at this point about the i7 except for a few details that have been divulged by Car Magazine. According to the British magazine, the i7 is being prepared for a 2018 launch to coincide with the arrival of the next-generation 5 Series. You’re probably wondering why the two cars are connected? Well, as it turns out, the i7 will use BMW’s new Cluster Architecture (CLAS), a modular platform that will underpin all BMW models from the 3 Series to the 7 Series.

The other interesting tidbit about the i7 is its engine composition. Just like the i8, the i7 isn’t going to be a pure electric vehicle like the Model S. Instead, BMW’s working on a pair of electric motors that will be joined by a gas engine, allowing the sedan to run on either all-electric or all-gas compositions.

Other than these two nuggets of information, BMW’s keeping a close lid on the development of the sedan so as always, stay tuned for more.

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BMW Trademarks i1 Through i9 in Preparation for its EV Onslaught

BMW Trademarks i1 Through i9 in Preparation for its EV Onslaught

The rights to these names add to large list of names

BMW has now trademarked all names from i1 to i9, adding it to a list that also includes iX1 through iX9 – signifying that German brand is about to unleash a furious lineup of electric vehicles to combat those from rivals like Mercedes which will be boasting its EQ brand in the coming years. Along with these new trademarks, new reports from BMWBlog imply that the entire BMW range could, indeed see full electrification. This new strategy, it seems, will see BMW present as many as 25 electrified vehicles, at least 12 of which will be all-electric within the next decade, or 2025 to be more specific.

Chairman of the Board for BMW, Harald Kruger, has confirmed that BMW does own the rights to all 18 names. “Our i story enters the next round. Going forward, all electrified BMW models will be under the BMW i brand. And I can tell you one more thing: We have not only secured the naming rights for BMW i – from i1 to i9. We also hold the rights for BMW X – from iX1 to iX9,” Kruger told press member at a sneak preview of upcoming BMW products.

Furthermore, you can expect to see an all-electric Mini hitting the market in 2019, which will ultimately be followed by a battery-powered version of the BMW X3 in 2020. Just one year after that in 2021, the new iNEXT should come in 2021. There will also, with near certainty be an i5 added to the mix somewhere in the next 5 years as well. The all-electric future is here folks. We might as well, sit down, buckle up, and make the best of it.

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2018 BMW i7

2018 BMW i7

BMW’s ‘i’ division is beginning to make some headway in the electric car segment. The i3 and the i8 were the first two cars to enter this niche and now, it’s looking more and more likely that the next i-badged vehicle to come out of Munich will be a sedan. The car in question still has no name, but most people believe that it’s either going to be the i5 or the i7. For or the purpose of this space, let’s call it the i7. More importantly, the vehicle is being prepared to take on the current standard-bearer of the electric sedan segment: the Tesla Model S.

Not much is known at this point about the i7 except for a few details that have been divulged by Car Magazine. According to the British magazine, the i7 is being prepared for a 2018 launch to coincide with the arrival of the next-generation 5 Series. You’re probably wondering why the two cars are connected? Well, as it turns out, the i7 will use BMW’s new Cluster Architecture (CLAS), a modular platform that will underpin all BMW models from the 3 Series to the 7 Series.

The other interesting tidbit about the i7 is its engine composition. Just like the i8, the i7 isn’t going to be a pure electric vehicle like the Model S. Instead, BMW’s working on a pair of electric motors that will be joined by a gas engine, allowing the sedan to run on either all-electric or all-gas compositions.

Other than these two nuggets of information, BMW’s keeping a close lid on the development of the sedan so as always, stay tuned for more.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i7.

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2018 BMW i5

2018 BMW i5

Electric and hybrid cars continue making their way across every manufacturer’s lineup as restrictions on emissions become stricter each and every year. BMW has already jumped on this bandwagon with the introduction of the 2015 i8 and 2015 i3. According to a new report from CAR Magazine, however, the Bavarian automaker is set to unveil a more traditional, three-box i model that it will call the i5 or the i7.

Rumored to arrive in 2018 and rival the immensely successful Model S, the i5/i7 will roll in boasting a gasoline powerplant and a pair of electric motors. Though it seems like a valiant effort, can a range-extended EV like the i5/i7 really challenge the Tesla Model S for alternative-fuel supremacy?

Click past the jump to read my full preview of the i5/i7 to find out.

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BMW's Tesla Model S Competitor Will Be Called i5 or i7

BMW’s Tesla Model S Competitor Will Be Called i5 or i7

BMW has established a firm footing in the EV market with the recent introduction of the i8 and i3, but it could be on the verge of creating a more-conventional, higher-volume i-series EV based on the next-generation BMW 5 Series sedan. CAR Magazine is reporting that BMW is developing the new sedan – possibly called the i5 or the i7 – to go head-to-head with the Tesla Model S, and it could be previewed as a concept this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

A production version of this plug-in car is expected to come in 2018, and it will likely use a more powerful version of the EV drive system currently in the i8. This would start with a larger-displacement gasoline engine acting as a generator, while the electric drive system could see a motor at each axle versus the i8’s front-axle-only setup. The article states that this car could very easily have a total system output of 544 horsepower along with an all-electric driving range of 80 miles.

While that range is far less than what the Model S currently offers, the range-extending engine would give the BMW the ability to drive longer distances and use gas for quick fill-ups rather than having to hunt for an EV charging station. As far as the styling is concerned, that’s still unknown, but the article does show a very interesting, i-inspired rendering.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s future plug-in hybrid model.

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