One of the most important BMW cars to launch in 2022 is the new generation 7 Series. Not only has the new 7 Series limo been completely redesigned, but it also includes the first fully electric 7 Series. The BMW i7 is featured in an official spy photoshoot at the BMW Group’s Winter Test Center in Arjeplog, Sweden.
According to a press release, the 7 Series electric limo is testing its suspension components, steering and braking systems in cold weather. BMW claims that the performance-oriented tuning of the wheel suspension, springs, dampers and various control systems has been designed to match the different drive types. The new 7 Series will be offered with a wide range of transmissions: from combustion engines to plug-in hybrid and electric models.
In addition, BMW engineers use test surfaces on frozen lakes with their low coefficient of road friction in order to achieve particularly fine tuning of the suspension control systems. The testing process allows them to identify the perfect balance between friction braking and deceleration to recover the most energy.
Naturally, the winter testing program also allows BMW to see how the i7’s electric drivetrain handles cold climates. The high-voltage battery, power electronics and charging technology are inherited from the BMW iX.
The top-of-the-range BMW i7 model is rumored to have three electric motors in its highest specification. Two of them will be mounted at the rear and the third will be positioned on the front axle. It would instead have somewhere in the region of 650 horsepower with a large 120 kWh battery with enough juice for 435 miles (700 kilometers) per WLTP. We’re also expecting a twin-motor setup, with all-wheel drive and a 105kWh battery in the floor.
Production of the next 7 Series is expected to start in July 2022 and we expect sales to start in the fall of next year.