New BMW 7-Series and electric i7 spotted during testsFebruary 18, 2021
BMW will unveil the all-new 7-Series this year and its sister electric i7 model. We’ll have to wait a bit for details, but for now, two flagship sedans of the brand have been spotted in tests.
BMW has chosen its own path in the production of electric vehicles. Unlike brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Audi, BMW is less confident in the use of vehicles that are exclusively available with an electric powertrain. According to the Bavarian automaker, it prefers to offer buyers a range of gasoline and diesel engines for each model, as well as plug-in hybrid and all-electric powertrains.
For example, the BMW iX3 is nothing more than an electric variant of the X3 crossover, while the i3 and i4 become electric versions of the Gran Coupe 3- and 4-Series, respectively. In addition, BMW is hard at work on the new 7-Series, a car that will be an electric version of the i7. Both the 7-Series and the i7 hit the spy camera lenses.
From previous spy photos, it was already possible to conclude that the i7, and therefore the entire 7th series, will have a very extraordinary appearance. It shouldn’t be surprising if the new 7-Series, with its striking low-nose front, becomes as “controversial” as the E65 “Bangle” 7 series introduced in 2001. The 7-Series is, of course, recognizable by the tailpipes. The I7 reveals its true identity not only with the absence of exhaust pipes, but also with the “Electric Test Vehicle” sticker on the rear bumper.
Although the BMW i7 is presented as a standalone model, it shares the base and body with the new 7-Series coming soon. Mercedes-Benz is taking a different path with the upcoming EQS. This car is completely different from the S-Class. Rumor has it that the next lineup from BMW will have self-opening and self-closing automatic doors similar to Rolls-Royce, as well as something called “Highway Assistant” – probably a more advanced semi-autonomous driving system.
The i7 is expected to travel up to 700 kilometers on a single charge. Its power plant will produce at least 500 horsepower. The “regular” 7-Series will probably no longer be available with the V12.
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