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

January 07, 2022 by

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 rendered
  • Set to be called ‘i7’
  • Minimum battery size of 100kW expected
  • 380-mile range possible
  • High-tech interior
  • Possible new rear theatre system
  • 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.

New 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. These latest renders, based on spyshot images of prototypes, gives you a glimpse of how it may look.

Expect the front end to be dominated by large ‘kidney’ grilles despite the lack of an engine, and blue highlights to signify its EV status. The rest of the design should closely resemble the internal combustion-powered 7 Series.

That’ll include the double-stacked headlights, three-box saloon shape and sharp styling details. Think subtle, yet impactful.

Expect an M-Performance version of the electric saloon too, dubbed the i7 M. This’ll get some subtly aggressive visual tweaks, as imagined by the render above.

New BMW i7 motors, batteries and range

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

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.

New BMW i7 EV interior

The new i7’s cabin will take inspiration from the iX’s interior, shown here…

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 legroom is also anticipated.

New BMW i7 Theatre Screen

A new rear Theatre Screen has also been revealed by BMW, and it looks likely that it’ll appear in the new i7. It’s a 31-inch panoramic screen with up to 8K resolution.

You just have to press a button and the display folds down from the headlining. The rear sunblinds also go up and the ambient lighting dims to make the back of the car feel like your own personal mobile cinema.

There’s also a 5G internet connection and the new screen comes with Amazon Fire TV built-in. This means you can watch all your favourite films and TV programmes on the move.

New BMW i7 EV alternatives

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

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.

New BMW i7 EV price and release date

The BMW i7 is likely to be revealed midway through 2022, before going on sale later in the year. 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.

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.