BMW is testing an electric version of the 7 Series flagship sedanSeptember 3, 2020
At the disposal of AutoTimesNews were photographs from tests of camouflaged 7 Series sedan prototypes of the new generation. On tests, a version of the novelty with a plug-in hybrid engine was noticed, as well as a car with an all-electric motor.
Those prototypes of the 7 Series flagship sedan that were captured by overseas photographers appear to have a full production body, but we tend to believe that the headlights and taillights are temporary. It is noteworthy that the sedan with an electric motor has an exhaust system with four tailpipes – apparently, this is far from the final testing of the novelty.
In addition, the PHEV version has fuel caps on both rear fenders, one for filling the fuel tank for the internal combustion engine and the other for recharging the battery.
The “Electric Test Car” and “Hybrid Test Car” decals on the front doors and rear bumper of the test prototypes once again indicate that we are dealing with two different types of powerplant for the new 7 Series.
You can tell BMW did its best to camouflage the prototypes by the tiny black rivets holding the extra layer of camouflage in place. A closer look at the side profile of the vehicles reveals white camouflage patterns that can easily be mistaken for where the door handles will be installed. The actual knobs are at the bottom, however, and we think they look like the knobs of the BMW i4.
Despite the abundance of camouflage, these prototypes indicate that there will be some major design changes from the current 7 Series. Some hints of “shark nose” seem to peek out of disguise. BMW has tried to hide even the driver’s side door card, which leads us to believe that the interior will undergo major changes.
Little is known about the composition of the engine range of the new “seven”, although we recall that BMW has promised to make an all-electric version of the car, which is believed to be called the i7. The latter will become the most powerful in the family. The 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine available in today’s M760i has been phased out due to low demand and rising costs in order to make it meet stringent emissions regulations.
Based on the status of these prototypes, there is still a lot of testing and tuning to be done. Most likely, BNW will unveil a new generation of its flagship sedan in 2022, then they will go on sale as new products for the 2023 model year.
Not so long ago, AutoTimesNews wrote that the electric BMW i3S is being sold with a 50% discount. The reason was the very small power reserve, which does not allow performing the stated tasks.
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