The BMW range is bound to get more electric vehicles starting with the next generation 7 Series. A new report coming in from Germany reiterates our previous articles: BMW is planning to expand its EV offerings with the upcoming 7er as well as the 5 Series that is to follow soon after. This report quoting insiders in Munich falls confirms what our own sources told us last year, regarding the future of the luxury sedan.
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Back in 2019 we reported that an i7 is in the works, a car that is bound to give Tesla a run for its money both in terms of range and in terms of performance. According to the new report, the upcoming 7 Series will make the most out of BMW’s flexible architecture and offer an electric powertrain as well as diesel and petrol-powered cars. We also suspect hybrid choices will also be available from 2022 and that the biggest engine on offer will be a 3-liter straight six choice.
This will be offered in conjunction with one or two electric motors for the high-performance variants. This new plan also seems to include the 5 Series, the new generation being planned for launch not long after the 7 Series arrives. Most likely, the two will share a lot of their underpinnings and have the same, fifth-generation batteries installed with more energy density available than ever before. BMW actually showcased a 5 Series prototype fitted with electric motors and capable of delivering 750 HP a while back.
As for the electric 7 Series, the working name is now Mi7, but that could change. Sources tell us it will have at least 650 HP and a battery over 100 kWh that should allow it to cover up to 400 miles (640 km) on a single charge.
Those are impressive figures but we’ll have to wait and see what actually happens as these are only rumors at this point.