New 2022 BMW i7 EV: price, specs and release date
The next BMW 7 Series won’t just be available with petrol and diesel engines; there’ll also be a fully-electric version. Read on for everything we know so far about the new BMW i7.
- Electric BMW 7 Series spotted
- Set to be called ‘i7’
- Minimum battery size of 100kW expected
- 380-mile range possible
- High-tech interior
- Long-wheelbase versions anticipated
- Could be revealed in late 2021
- On sale in 2022
A new all-electric saloon is on the way, in the form of the BMW i7 luxury limo. It’s a fully-electric version of the upcoming next-gen BMW 7 Series, and will be a high-tech alternative to the likes of the Tesla Model S and Mercedes EQS when it goes on sale in 2022.
2022 BMW i7 EV design
BMW’s made a habit lately of giving its cars distinctive front ends, and the i7 is set to keep that trend going. Even with all the camouflage on the test car, it’s very easy to spot the outline of a vast front grille. The rectangular headlights are also a big departure from the norm for BMW – though there’s always the chance they’ll be replaced on the production car.
Not everything about the new BMW i7’s design will defy convention, though. Rather than go down the swoopy four-door coupe-style route with its electric limo (as Mercedes has done with the upcoming EQS), BMW has stuck to its guns and given the i7 a more traditional and boxier shape.
Some of the styling cues from the current BMW 7 Series, such as the sharp crease that runs almost the entire length of the car, are also visible on this new electric car.
2022 BMW i7 motors, batteries and range
Many of the BMW i7’s tech specs are being kept a closely guarded secret for now, though other electric BMWs give you an idea of what to look forward to. For instance, the BMW iX SUV comes with a huge 100kWh battery pack, there’s a very strong chance a similarly-sized battery will be available on the larger i7.
You’ll also be able to charge the new i7 using 200kW public fast-chargers, meaning you can quickly add a few extra miles of range to help you get home without a long charging session.
Depending on the size of the battery, the BMW i7 should be able to cover lots of miles between charges – around 435 miles is likely to match the upcoming Mercedes EQS. Like that car, the i7 is expected to come with different power outputs, with faster cars likely coming with all-wheel drive.
2022 BMW i7 EV interior
No photos have emerged of the new BMW i7’s interior, though it’ll almost certainly look very different to what you get in the current 7 Series. The dashboard layout will likely mirror that of the new iX SUV’s cabin, with most of the interior controls being operated via a massive touchscreen display on the dashboard.
Like the current BMW 7 Series, the new i7 should be available with lots of room inside for passengers and their luggage. A longer version with even more rear-seat leg room is also anticipated.
2022 BMW i7 EV alternatives
The BMW 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.
2022 BMW i7 EV price and release date
The BMW i7 is expected to be revealed in full before the end of 2021, though you’ll need to wait until 2022 for it to start arriving in showrooms. As electric cars tend to be more expensive than their petrol- and diesel-powered equivalents, the BMW i7 will likely carry a premium over the regular BMW 7 Series – don’t be surprised if the i7 range ends up starting from around £85,000.
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