By 2030, the BMW brand expects to increase the share of electric vehicles in its sales structure to 50%, and therefore is already developing electric versions of its most popular models. The flagship BMW i7 sedan is due to be unveiled this April, and this week the company shared snippets of images of its exterior and a description of the interior, combined with technical specifications.
If we talk directly about the “electric” characteristics, then the power reserve of the brand’s new flagship in the European WLTP cycle will vary from 580 to 610 km, which allows us to mention in promotional materials the ability to overcome more than 600 km on a single charge. The American EPA cycle calculates a range on a single charge in the equivalent of no more than 491 km. According to the European WLTP cycle, the car will spend almost 20 kWh of electricity to overcome a hundred kilometers. This suggests that the capacity of the BMW i7 traction battery will exceed 100 kWh.
Particular attention in the press release is paid to the “rethinking” of the design of the front of the sedan, which is forced to bear the stigma of ” twin round headlights and a characteristic false radiator grille .” In the case of the BMW i7, the LED headlights, although they remained dual, have an oblong shape, and once again the enlarged false radiator grille is bordered by LED backlighting, highlighting this exterior element even in the dark. We emphasize that electric vehicles do not need intensive cooling of the engine compartment, so their radiator grilles are kept only for decorative purposes. In the picture of the BMW i7, vertical elements imitating ribs are visible inside the grille.
The 12.3-inch instrument panel inside the BMW i7 will be paired with a 14.9-inch infotainment panel display on the center console, which will traditionally face the driver. A certain extended touch panel is also promised, which allows you to control some functions. Ambient lighting is color-changing for the driver and passengers, and is even included on the panoramic roof, which pairs wonderfully with the retractable 31-inch rear-seat display with 32:9 aspect ratio and 8K resolution. In fact, the passengers in the back row become spectators of the “cinema on wheels”. The driver in the BMW i7 gets the widest possibilities for individualization of settings related to both driving characteristics and the “ambience” of the cabin.
source: BMW Group