Presentation of the new BMW 7 Series and i7 electric limousines

BMW’s flagship sedan features new design language and ultra-wide rear entertainment screen

  • The new 7 Series is the first to be introduced with all-electric, plug-in hybrid and combustion engine variants.

  • The i7 has a 101.7kWh battery with a claimed range of up to 625km.

  • It will only be offered as a high-performance twin-motor electric limousine.

  • The highlights of the new cabin are the 31.3-inch rear entertainment screen and the new dashboard design.

  • The new 7 Series has a very blocky design with a split headlight arrangement that draws attention away from the massive grille.

  • BMW is expected to bring the new 7-er and i7 to India by early 2024.

the BMW 7 Series the luxury limo is now in its seventh generation. Among the many notable changes, the biggest is that it is now available as an all-electric model, dubbed the i7.

The i7 was created in a single high-end variant, the i7 xDrive60. It is the most powerful variant of the new 7 Series, with a twin motor configuration, one on each axle, and peak performance of 544hp and 745Nm. The net battery capacity of the i7 is of 101.7 kWh and it has a WLTP-certified range of up to 625 km. Yes, it’s a smaller battery and less range than the all-wheel-drive performance variant of the Mercedes-Benz EQS. The i7 has a charging capacity of up to 195 kW, which can recharge the battery from 10 to 80 percent in 34 minutes.

In terms of design, the new 7 Series looks quite chunky. It features clean surfaces and monolithic shapes. The front end design was already controversial for its massive grille, but now all attention is drawn to the new split headlight design. Crystal-clear daytime running lights are positioned on top along the edge of the bonnet with headlights housed below. The i7 also features an i badge on the left side of the grille.

The monolithic design theme continues through the rear as well. Its sleek rear lights further highlight the new 7 Series’ chunky shapes. .

BMW has made the 7 Series even larger in the latest generation, with the wheelbase now measured at 3215mm. It is also longer, wider and taller. The i7 gets special aero-optimized alloy wheels while the regular 7-Series gets 19-inch wheels as standard. Mechanical equipment includes two-axle air suspension and all-wheel steering.

The interior of the new generation 7 series has also undergone significant changes. Its coolest new feature is the Cinema Screen Rear Entertainment System, which is a roof-mounted, ultra-wide 31.3-inch touchscreen. It drops in front of rear passengers for a truly cinematic experience that can stream video using 5G connectivity. It also has an HDMI port for added utility. Yes, you can have the movie screen even with the panoramic glass roof. In our books, this screen is cooler than the Mercedes MBUX hyperscreen from a purely entertainment standpoint. The seventh-generation 7 Series will also introduce Level 3 autonomous driving technology for added convenience, available in regions where its use is permitted.

The dashboard features a 12.3-inch integrated curved digital cockpit display and a 14.9-inch central infotainment touchscreen. It also receives the latest generation of the BMW iDrive operating system with its AI digital assistant and will expand its functionality with over-the-air updates. Below is the new interaction bar which integrates ambient lighting and the touch-sensitive climate control panel, extending across the dashboard and the front doors. BMW has followed the current trend of replacing buttons with tactile and haptic controls wherever possible. It can even be fitted with 5.5-inch touchscreens in the rear doors for telephony and rear-seat media controls.

The center console between the front seats features a mix of physical and tactile buttons as well as the iconic rotary navigation dial and a jeweled rocker for the drive selector.

There are no surprises in the new Series 7’s plush padding with a choice of durable materials too. It has electric front and rear seats which also offer a massage function.

The rear seat in front of the driver is also referred to as the Captain’s Chair as it provides the most relaxed seating position by moving the front passenger seat forward and raising the legrest for a lounge experience.

BMW will also offer the new 7 Series with combustion engine and plug-in hybrid powertrain options, a first from the German luxury carmaker. It would also later introduce diesel engine variants. There is also a performance-oriented variant of the i7, the i7 M70 xDrive, which will offer 660 hp of performance.

The new BMW 7 Series and i7 will be rolled out to markets with different powertrains over time. It is expected to arrive in India in early 2024 with the electric version taking on the Mercedes-Benz EQS. The regular 7 Series will continue to compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8.

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