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BMW confirms i7 luxurious electrical sedan; releases check photographs | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Revealed On Dec 05, 2021 08:00:00 AM

BMW to tackle the Mercedes-Benz EQS with the i7, which might be unveiled subsequent yr.

BMW has begun work on an all-electric model of the 7 Collection sedan. The model has additionally launched photos of the car present process winter testing. A world premiere of the automotive is anticipated to happen someday subsequent yr.
  • BMW i7 to rival EQS
  • Might be unveiled subsequent yr
  • Anticipated to return with a number of vary choices

BMW i7 to tackle Mercedes EQS

BMW launched a set of images and pictures of disguised prototypes of its forthcoming Mercedes-Benz EQS rival being pushed on the model’s winter check centre at Arjeplog, Sweden. BMW has additionally confirmed that the i7 will use the fifth-generation eDrive system that can be used on the iX electrical SUV (coming to India this month) and in addition in fashions just like the 2 Collection coupe and the i4 electrical sedan

Whereas the model has not launched particulars on the i7’s powertrain, the dual-motor set-up utilized by the iX xDrive50 produces 523hp. On this kind, the iX is able to 0-100kph in 4.6sec and an electronically restricted 250kph prime pace, so the i7 ought to put up broadly comparable figures.

The iX will initially be out there in three varieties – xDrive40, xDrive50 and top-rung M60, with the final one packing greater than 600hp – and the i7 is more likely to roughly comply with swimsuit. The 105.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack within the iX is claimed to be able to round 611km of vary, and if geared up with the identical unit, the lower-slung i7 may enhance upon that.

Whereas trip consolation stays essential, BMW additionally emphasised that driving dynamics might be key to the i7’s attraction and assist differentiate it from different upcoming luxurious EVs, together with the next-generation Audi A8, which was lately previewed by the novel Grandsphere idea. BMW confirmed final yr that the next-generation 7 Collection would arrive with petrol, diesel, hybrid and electrical powertrains, permitting it to finish with the combustion-powered Mercedes-Benz S-Class in addition to the electrical EQS.
Regardless of the camouflage, there is a clear household resemblance to the outgoing 7 Collection, which is ready to finish manufacturing subsequent yr. There’s additionally an opportunity that the kidney grilles might be extra reserved than on different current BMW fashions, such because the outlandish XM Idea.

Earlier spy pictures have proven an inside carefully mirroring that of the iX, with a outstanding central infotainment show and a curved digital instrument cluster. BMW is anticipated to formally unveil the i7 within the coming months, forward of its launch in direction of the tip of 2022.

BMW in India 

In India, BMW is ready to enter the luxurious SUV phase with the launch of the iX electrical SUV on December 13. Subsequent yr, BMW can be anticipated to usher in facelifts for the X3 and X4, together with the launch of the much-anticipated new M3 and M4.

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