BMW needs to respond to the new S-Class, and it has to do it quickly

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is nothing but a declaration of high-tech war aimed at its two main rivals, the Audi A8 and the 7 Series. BMW’s flagship received a hefty facelift in 2019 for the 2020 model year and other than the enlarged grille, it got a tech upgrade, including BMW’s then-new iDrive 7.0 setup. However, you can only stay relevant for a short time in the current luxury car climate and with the S-Class making no rebates on the technology front, BMW is already working on the next-generation 7er. Here’s everything we know so far.

2023 BMW 7 Series Exterior Spyshots
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We expect the new BMW 7 Series to show face in 2022, although it’s hard to pinpoint when it will debut – probably in the summer, but we’ll have to wait and see.

2023 BMW 7 Series - Platform

2023 BMW 7 Series Exterior Spyshots
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BMW Blog reports that the G70/G71 7 Series is going to be underpinned by BMW’s CLAR architecture, but in an upgrade form, especially of the weight-saving ilk. The platform will be suited to all types of powertrains, from ICEs to hybrids and pure electric.

2023 BMW 7 Series - Powertrain

2023 BMW 7 Series Exterior Spyshots
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Other than ICEs and hybrid setups, the new 7 Series is expected to come as a fully electric vehicle. Dubbed the i7, the 7er’s green twin is rumored to wear the M60e badge replacing the V-12-powered M760i/Li juggernauts.

Details are still unclear for the time being, but BMW Blog says output should go north of 650 horsepower with range estimated at around 640 kilometers (roughly 400 miles) thanks to a 100-kWh battery pack. It will also face the competition right off the bat, as Mercedes-Benz is currently brewing the EQS, its upcoming version of an all-electric S-Class.

A diesel unit is also likely – under the 735d badge- with around 280 horsepower. On the gasoline front, we might see a 740i powered by a twin-turbo 3-liter mill good for around 350-360 horsepower while the hybrid team might find a player in the 745e PHEV moniker.

Exterior and interior

2023 BMW 7 Series Exterior Spyshots
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Powertrain aside, we expect the new 7 Series to stand out when it comes to interior and exterior design, but also on the technology front. While we don’t know what sort of approach BMW will take in shaping the sedan’s exterior and interior, these two aspects are definitely paramount for a car of this kind so expect fireworks nonetheless. What’s more, given the company’s big grille approach for the 4 Series and M3/M4, who knows what’s written in the stars for the new 7er.

A recent report from Bimmerpost brought to our attention by Motor1 suggests the new BMW 7 Series is going to borrow features from Rolls-Royce, especially Phantom-like fully automatic doors, as well as an illuminated grille a la X6 and 5 Series.

2020 BMW 7 Series Interior
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Delving deeper into the tech front, the 7 could also get autonomous technology, a handful of screens front and rear, as well as BMW’s Natural Interaction function, which is essentially a way of smoothing your interaction with the car via voice, gestures, and a gimmick called gaze control. The system is set to debut on the BMW iX electric SUV and we believe it might trickle down into other models as well, including the all-new 7 Series.

Needless to say, the 7 will offer BMW’s best in terms of materials, trims, leather, and so on, as well as the familiar Bowers and Wilkins audio system and the Sky Lounge roof.

Price and availability

2023 BMW 7 Series Exterior Spyshots
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It’s hard to just invent a price tag for the incoming BMW 7 Series, so the least we can do is just look at the current lineup. The most basic 7er starts at $86,800 so the new one might come with a $90,000 price tag justified by the extra technology baked into it.

Should the new BMW 7 Series debut in the summer of 2022, then it’s fair to say BMW won’t start rolling out its flagship sedan earlier than late 2022, maybe even early 2023.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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