The BMW The 7 Series first debuted in 1978 as a four-door sedan to rival Mercedes and Jaguar. Although the first generation of the car was not completely successful, the second generation, launched in 1988, quickly gained popularity. The automaker revolutionized its third generation by offering styling and chassis updates. Over the next decade, the 7 Series underwent several technological and cosmetic changes that have made it one of the most valuable BMW series.
With the launch of the BMW i7 from 2023, the car manufacturer wants to usher in the EV era. A tech-forward iteration that has embraced the changing times, the 7 Series will be a major competitor in the market with its new design and all-electric equipment.
The best feature of the BMW i7 from 2023: luxury enters the EV era
BMW has estimated that the i7 iteration will be the most popular version of its stunning lineup. The electric model is called the i7 xDrive60 and is equipped with two electric motors front and rear. It receives energy from the installed usable battery with a capacity of 101.7 kWh. Power from the electric motor delivers 536 horsepower and 549 lb-ft of torque. It jumps from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 149 mph.
The i7 battery can be charged at a DC Fast Charging station and if the car charges for ten minutes at the DC station, it can provide 130 kilometers of driving range. The company also offers free charging sessions to i7 buyers at the Electrify America stations for the first three years after purchase. Along with the electric motor, the i7 will also be offered in a new trim called the M70 which will likely replace the M760Li twelve-cylinder engine and produce 600 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque.
BMW i7: a redesigned body
There is a substantial change to the signature front lighting that BMW once offered for the 7 Series. equal to the SAV BMW X7, the i7 has a horizontal split arrangement for the headlamps, with horizontal stripes at the top on either side that act as daytime running lights. The gas and electric versions of the luxury sedan will also feature perimeter lighting around the grille.
While the look of the i7 is inspired by the X7, it has undergone a few tweaks and changes. Gone are the old integrated front appearances, and instead the lights are spread out vertically for a refreshing look. The double kidney grille in the front is also relatively smaller compared to the previous version. To enhance the exterior appearance, the car has an illuminated outline that distinguishes it from its petrol-powered trim. At the rear, the taillights have become thin and taller, similar to the 7 Series in the early 2000s.
A bold and uncompromising interior
While the 2023 iteration will have rear-wheel steering and adaptive air suspension, this luxury sedan is not a sports sedan. The carmaker has taken daring risks in designing the interior with elegant materials and new technology. The digital dashboard has a floating glass panel with two 12.3-inch displays that act as a meter cluster and infotainment system. The recently updated iDrive 8 application is also available in the electrical trim of the BMW i4. A glass panel extends the width of the car to the door panels, which can be illuminated with mood lighting. The Interaction Bar offers an option to unlock the glovebox and integrated touch controls for the vents and hazard lights. The plush seats upholstered in expensive materials provide heating, cooling and massage functions. At the same time, the rear passenger seats have been designed with great care and the additional Executive Lounge Package includes electrically adjustable seats that can recline.
The most exciting and unique interior element is the Theater Screen Entertainment System. A digital screen is mounted in the rear door panels and passengers can fold out 31.3-inch touchscreen from the roof which allows browsing and streaming on various online platforms such as Netflix and Hulu over the in-car mobile data connection. BMW has also rolled out a new suite of driver assistance features, including Highway Assistant, available exclusively to North American customers. It will also offer a hands-free driving mode, but the driver must keep an eye on the road. The starting price of the electric i7 will be $120,295, while the gasoline-powered version will cost $114,595.
A stunning piece of innovation in the BMW 7 Series, the i7 is ready to take on the competition with its unique and standout features. The 2023 i7 is available in electric and gas-powered versions and is expected to boost sales of the flagship series after its fall 2022 launch.
Sources: Forbes, BMW USA, Car and Driver
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