BMW i7: Redefining electric luxury sedan
BMW needs no introduction, it’s a perfect example of how a company can create a brand that is analogous to the industry itself. The company doesn’t just build automobiles, the brand is known for innovation and exceptional design. It is an emotion, and the brand wants to carry the same for its electric vehicle line-up with its i-series. BMW has a couple of electric vehicles in its portfolio, however, with the 7-series entering into the electric segment, the BMW i7 is redefining luxury for this segment. Electric Vehicles are picking up headlines across the globe and BMW doesn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to offer its customers the BMW flavour.
BMW i7: The driving pleasure
BMW i7 is the first fully electric 7-series sedan that combines power of an electric motor & multisensory set up to give an absolutely pleasing driving experience. It comes with a unique set of features such as a welcoming scenario, crystal headlights with an illuminated kidney grille, a luxurious lounge atmosphere, a theatre screen, and much more. Let’s discuss what exactly makes the BMW i7 so special in more detail below.
Design and Build
A clean, modern design defines this all-electric visionary sedan. BMW i7 has been designed to meet the needs of a modern target group that views vehicle as a way to experience unique moments in everyday life
The BMW i7 incorporates a modern style that focuses on the essentials in its exterior and interior design. The front-end design for BMW vehicles in the luxury segment is dominated by features that are typical of the brand, but a clear distinction is maintained between these models with the unique set of features that distinguishes it from other models.
Crystal Headlights are stunningly fashioned from the rarest crystal glass. The striking futuristic look of the all-new available illuminated kidney grille makes a magnificent statement wherever you go.
Dynamic rear light with neatly designed rear position makes a lasting impression whenever you make your exit
You’re greeted in style with a dynamic light carpet, the BMW i7 offers Automatic Doors which provide full automatic opening and closing of front and rear doors for the ultimate luxurious vehicle entry and exit experience. BMW ID guarantees that all of your preferred settings and personal recommendations are instantly available – allowing you to feel at ease while driving.
It has some of the most sophisticated technology systems ever installed in a BMW. This incorporates a large 31-inch BMW Theater Screen with 5G connectivity and up to 8K resolution. Your passengers will enjoy the ultimate rear-seat lounge atmosphere thanks to the built-in Amazon Fire TV and standard Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System.
With great power comes great technology. The i7 is equipped with an impressive newly customized operating system and well-rounded personalization, so that you’ll not only curate your drive – but set the tone for the rest of your day. The 12.3″ Digital Instrument Cluster and 14.9″ Central Information Display are part of the all-new BMW Curved Display. The BMW Interaction Bar, which has dynamic displays, is also included on the dashboard.
BMW i7 comes with a dual motor one in the front with 250 kW power which produces 400 Nm of torque and a 200 kW rear motor which produces 352 Nm of torque. In combination, the BMW i7 produces 536 hp and 745 Nm of torque. This enables it to achieve 0-60 mph in 4.40s and 0-100 mph in 4.60s.
The BMW i7 is also equipped with the most advanced iDrive Operating System, featuring cloud-based navigation – which maps your optimal route, based on electric range and charging stations along the way. A 5G-compatible aerial system takes care of high-speed connectivity in the new BMW 7 Series.
Battery and Charging
Talking about the battery and charging capabilities, i7 has a li-ion battery with a capacity of 105 kWh based on 400V architecture. The usable capacity of this battery is approx 101.7 kWh. It supports 11 kW AC charging which charges 0-510 km in 11 hours with a charging speed of 47 km/h. The vehicle supports CCS fast charging technology with DC fast charging up to 195 kW. Fast charging is possible from 51 to 408 km in just 35 min.
Specifications: i7 vs iX
|Model||BMW i7 xDrive60||BMW iX xDrive50|
|Power||536 hp||321 hp|
|Torque||745 Nm||630 Nm|
|Motor||Dual Motor||Dual Motor|
|Weight||3250 kg||2440 kg|
|Battery Capacity||105 kWh||111.5 kWh|
|Range||510 km||425 km|
|Dimensions (meters)||5.39L x 2.19W x 1.54H||4.95L x 2.23W x 1.69H|
|Charging DC||195 kW||150 kW|
|Charging Time||35 mins||31 mins|
|Top Speed||240 kmph||200 kmph|
|0-60 mph||4.7 sec||4.6 sec|
|Wheels||245/50 R19||255/50 R21|
|Price||$119,300 onwards||$85,095 onwards|
BMW is definitely redefining the luxury segment with the electric 7 series. Don’t miss out on a chance to experience this beauty before you decide to go for another option. There are new-age players like Lucid which are trying to revolutionize the performance EV segment with its Lucid Air lineup. Good time ahead for us in the luxury segment.