BMW unveils the new 7-Series & i7
The seventh-gen 7-Series sedan has debuted simultaneously in Munich and New York City.
The luxury vehicle family now has an all-electric member named the i7. As of right now, it is only available in a dual-motor version called xDrive60, which produces 544 PS (536 hp / 400 kW) and 745 Nm (550 lb-ft) of torque. The car reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) within 4.7 seconds from the launch and hits its speed ceiling at 240 km/h (149 mph). A 101.7-kWh traction battery grants it around 483 km (300 miles) of range. BMW promises to release a higher spec next year.
Customers in the USA will additionally receive a couple of gas-powered 7-Series variants: a turbo six-cylinder one rated at 380 PS (375 hp / 279 kW) and an eight-cylinder one good for 544 PS (536 hp / 400 kW). Both are mild hybrids.
In Europe, there will be a 3.0-liter six-pot diesel capable of 286 PS (282 hp / 210 kW) and two plug-in hybrids rated at 490 PS (483 hp / 360 kW) and 571 PS (563 hp / 420 kW).
The new 7-Series boasts a drastically different design of both the exterior and the cabin compared to the previous generation. The interior now houses a single curved display spanning much of the dashboard, powered by the iDrive 8 system. Then again, we have already seen it on other recent BMWs. What is truly new is another display sized larger than 31 inches, which is mounted on the ceiling and flips down automatically whenever someone in the rear seat row wants some entertainment.
Editor Andrew Raspopov