The BMW i7 Will Arrive in April as the Pinnacle of Electric Performance and Luxury
As a spiritual successor to the V12-powered BMW M760i, the i7 has big shoes to fill, and it doesn’t sound like it will be a problemby Robert Moore, on LISTEN 03:31
The BMW i7 isn’t just coming to fill the empty throne at the top of BMW’s sedan lineup, but it’s also set to be the world’s first all-electric luxury sedan. Or, at least that’s what BMW says, anyway. We’re going to find out just how good it’s going to be because BMW has confirmed that the i7 will debut in April. There aren’t many details to go by at this point, but BMW says it will be “the only luxury sedan to offer drivetrain variety.” Wait, what?
BMW i7 – Arriving in April 2022
BMW’s comment about being the only luxury sedan to offer drivetrain variety is referring to the 7 Series lineup in general as, with the i7, you’ll be able to choose between gasoline, diesel, and full-electric mobility. While BMW is boasting the i7 as progressive, digital, and innovative, what’s really important to know is that it’s going to be the most powerful version of the 7 Series available. It is an indirect replacement for the BMW M760i – yes the one with the V-12 – so it only makes sense that it will be the most powerful. How powerful will it be, though? Well, it should feature a similar arrangement as that for the BMW iX M60, so somewhere in the neighborhood of 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque sounds about right.
Of course, output that sits over the 600-pony mark will clearly be reserved for the best of the best; the range-topping model. So, if you’re wondering if the i7 will be affordable, that really depends on your idea of affordability, but there will be some versions that are cheaper than others. Rumor has it the base i7 will carry an eDrive50 badge and will have a single electric motor that puts power down to the rear wheels only. Power output for this model is said to be somewhere between 450 horsepower and 535 horsepower, with the former being more likely if BMW wasn’t to have a three-model range. Electric range should come in somewhere around the 600 km (373 mile) mark, but that’s based on the WLTP scale, so real-world usability won’t be quite so good.
As for the i7’s fuel-drinking counterparts, they will share the same platform and the same tech. So, we’re looking at things like automatic doors and a massive, 31.3-inch theater screen and every imaginable piece of tech you can fit in between. It’s said that the grille will be illuminated and there will of course be the Sky Lounge roof to go with the latest Bowers & Wilkins sound system. There’s also some word about Motorway Assistant that will provide a more sophisticated semi-autonomous driving system, but don’t expect anything too extravagant.
Beyond this, it’s said that the entire 7 Series lineup, including the i7, will get the controversial split headlights first seen on the Concept XM. The lights on that concept didn’t exactly get the warm reception BMW had hoped for, but things could change by the time they make it to the production line. They will also land on the X7 when the facelifted model is revealed, but they won’t land lower than the X7 or 7 Series, at least for now, anyway. As for the i7’s big debut, BMW promises to reveal it this April, in New York, Munich, and Beijing. It’s likely that its German debut will be at a dedicated event, but there are auto shows in New York and China next month, so there’s a good chance that’s when we’ll see them.