- BMW has unveiled the electric version of its flagship 7 Series sedan.
- The i7 starts at $120,000 and offers luxuries like a TV screen and panoramic glass roof.
- It’s available for pre-order now, and US shipments begin in November.
BMW has unveiled its latest weapon in the fight against Tesla: the new i7 sedan. The electric flagship starts at $120,000 and is expected to arrive in US dealerships by November.
The German automaker unveiled the latest iteration of its largest and most luxurious 7 Series sedan on Wednesday. The 2023 lineup includes a petrol version with six- and eight-cylinder engine options, as well as the battery-powered i7 . Combustion engine models start at around $94,000.
Tesla, a company synonymous with electric cars, has been hot on the heels of BMW in the US market, although the German brand more than doubled Tesla’s global sales last year. BMW’s i7, along with the previously announced iX SUV and i4 sedan, could help the brand carve out a share of the rapidly growing electric market.
BMW says the i7’s dual motors with all-wheel drive can produce a combined 536 horsepower, enough to propel the hulking 5,900-pound sedan to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. BMW is aiming for an Environmental Protection Agency range of around 300 miles, which is quite respectable but cheaper than super-priced electric models from Tesla, Lucid Motors and Mercedes-Benz.
According to BMW, the i7 can add 80 miles of range in 10 minutes of charging, or charge from 10 to 80 per cent in 34 minutes. Buyers get three years of free charging at Electrify America stations.
While BMW calls itself the “ultimate driving machine”, the 7 Series is more about comfort than agility. Extra long and built with space at the rear in priority, this is a car to drive.
The star of the sedan’s interior is a 31.3-inch screen that descends from the ceiling to transform the back seat into a mobile movie theatre. It comes with
and uses in-car 5G connectivity. Passengers control the entire interface – and other settings such as climate control and interior lighting – using smartphone-sized touchscreens built into either door. A panoramic glass roof is standard.
BMW says all seats in the car are wider than the outgoing model, and buyers can opt for reclining rear seats with leg rests and a massage function. Other notable options include doors that open and close automatically at the press of a button, as well as more sophisticated interior materials.
The i7 is available for pre-order now with a $1,500 deposit.