In addition to the electric i7, the BMW flagship will continue to be available with a plug-in hybrid drive and as a combustion engine; but the 7 series will also go its own way visually in the future.
Market launch and price: 7 series not less than 100,000 euros
In the later course of 2023, the i7 M70 should then complete the model series at the top. The prices will not start below 100,000 euros for the diesel, the i7 could be even more expensive.
Optics: new front for the BMW 7 Series
The optional laser light, however, was deleted, according to BMW, the new LED lights are already so good that the technology is no longer needed.
On the side, the 7 shows stately. In the future, only the long version will be offered, and the short wheelbase will be discontinued. There is a surprise at the rear: BMW has eliminated the continuous strip of lights from the predecessor and used the space gained for a very large brand logo.
Dimensions: 7 Series will always have a long wheelbase in the future
● Length: 5391mm
● Width: 1950mm
● Height: 1544mm
● Wheelbase: 3215mm
Interior: Lounge feeling in the new 7 Series
Anyone who appreciates Scandinavian design will probably have to drive a 7 Series in the future – because the interior could also come from the catalog of a furniture store. The photo car relies on a wool mix for the seat covers and thus exudes an inevitable lounge character.
The minimalist dashboard is complemented by a light strip that changes color and displays animations to match the interior atmosphere. The ventilation nozzles are also embedded in it, so they are almost unnoticeable.
Rear: passengers get 8k entertainment
The highlight in the luxury class is of course the rear of the new 7 Series. If you take a seat in the back on the right, you almost feel as if the entire car was built around this space.
Anyone who selects the “Excecutive Lounge” in the list of options will now get a sleeping seat in the new 7 Series that doesn’t have to hide from the business class on the plane. The functions in the rear are controlled via 5-inch displays in the door handles.
With these screens, the 7 Series can also be converted into a rolling home cinema, because BMW can optionally fit a mega screen in the second row of seats. 31.3-inch diagonal, 8k resolution and full Amazon Fire TV integration. This is how the journey should become an experience.
What was shown as a study at the CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of 2022 is now coming into the series. No other manufacturer offers such a feature for the passengers in the second row.
Equipment: 7 series prepared for autonomous driving according to level 3
Of course, the brand’s flagship has been equipped with all sorts of equipment options. In addition to all-wheel steering, the 7 Series also has modern driver assistance systems that are already designed for semi-autonomous driving on the sensor side.
The cameras, ultrasonic and radar sensors required for this are already available and should in future allow the system to become smarter via update.
An extended motorway assistant and an automated parking assistant, on the other hand, are already available at the market launch. Otherwise, the 7 Series is all about luxury. A two-tone paint finish is available for the first time, and the interior allows freedom for individualisation.
Automatic doors are also moving into the sedan, which should make it easier to get in. Otherwise, BMW offers functions such as heated surfaces in the interior and relies on a wide variety of materials for the interior of the 7 Series.
Engines: 7er starts fully electric as i7
A classic petrol engine in the 7 Series is not planned for the German market. In Germany, the Munich company is starting its range with the all-electric i7, with other derivatives to follow later.
Technical data of the new BMW 7 Series
BMW i7 xDrive 60
● electric vehicle
● Performance: 400 kW (544 hp)
● maximum torque: 745 Nm
● Range according to WLTP: 590-625km
● Power consumption according to WLTP: 18.4-19.6kWh/100km
BMW 740d xDrive (shortly after market launch)
● Displacement: 2993cc
● Performance: 220 kW (300 hp)
● maximum torque: 760 Nm
● Consumption according to WLTP: 5.9-6.9L/100km
BMW M760e xDrive (Spring 2023)
● Displacement: 2998cc
● System performance: 420 kW (571 hp)
● maximum torque: 800 Nm
● Consumption according to WLTP: 1.1-1.2L/100km