New 2022 BMW i7 EV: price, specs and release date

Euan Doig
September 03, 2020

The next-generation BMW 7 Series has been spied testing, just a day after rival Mercedes revealed its all-new S-Class luxury car.

  • Electric cousin to the 7 Series
  • Expected on sale in 2021
  • 80kW/120kW batteries likely
  • 380-mile range possible
This prototype is fitted with temporary headlights. 

2021 BMW i7 Design

The i7 marks a change in BMW’s electric car philosophy, as it plans to kill off the standalone i3 and i8 models and develop electrified versions of conventional saloons and SUVs instead. Despite there being no engine to cool, the i7 will still feature a large front grille so it’s easily identified as a BMW. There’s also BMW’s signature kink at the trailing edge of the rear doors.

The huge back doors suggest this could be a larger extended-wheelbase model. 

Meanwhile, the long doors and high roofline suggest that there will be plenty of space for rear-seat passengers, who will also enjoy the benefits of near-silent electric power. There are also small protuberances at the trailing edge of each front wing, which could be rear-facing cameras to replace the door mirrors on some models – like those available on the Audi e-tron.

Expect the i7 to come with four-wheel drive – at least as an option. 

2021 BMW i7 motors, batteries and range

This heavily disguised prototype features a fully electric drive system and confirms BMW’s intentions to be among the first companies to offer a full EV luxury car. The i7 will feature BMW’s fifth generation of electric motors and batteries and could offer the option of two different battery packs. One battery would offer around 80kWh of power and the other 120kWh.

The new BMW i7 may be capable of 380 miles between charges. 

If so, the latter power source could give the car as much as 380 miles of range. That’s slightly shorter than the longest-range Tesla Model S but almost 100 miles further than the Mercedes EQC can manage.

2021 BMW i7 rivals

Electric power is the new battleground for luxury cars, as BMW prepares to go up against the forthcoming electric Jaguar XJ and the Mercedes EQS. The i7 will line up alongside i3, iX3 and i4 models in the company’s range, as BMW plans to have at least 25 electrified models on sale within three years. These won’t all be fully electric cars, some will be mild- and plug-in hybrids instead.

Expect the finished BMW i7 to make its debut in 2021. 

2021 BMW i7 price and release date

The BMW i7 is expected to break cover at some point in 2021 and go on sale before 2022. Electric cars tend to be more expensive than comparable petrol- and diesel-powered models, so the new i7 will likely cost significantly more than the current BMW 7 Series, which costs from £74,000.

Check out carwow’s selection of the best electric cars on sale or read our BMW reviews for more information on the latest cars from the German brand.