BMW today announced the new i7 xDrive60 7 Series luxury electric sedan as part of their announced plans to reduce electric vehicle sales by 50% by 2030. The car is expected to compete with similar offerings from companies such as Tesla, Mercedes-Benz Audi . BMW already has several electric vehicles on the market, including the iX and i4. The new i7 is the most recent addition to the list. It’s also the company’s first luxury electric chair, which it hopes to compete with models like the Tesla Model S, Mercedes-Benz EQS and Lucid Air.
Electric cars are becoming popular in all segments, and it’s no different at the higher end of the spectrum. Some of the models mentioned above, which will compete directly with the new BMW EV, other luxury brands such as Maserati and Lincoln, the luxury arm of Ford, are also launching their premium offerings. As the full spectrum EV market is expected to increase gas prices, luxury EVs will also gain popularity in the coming months and years.
the BMW i7 xDrive60 is based on the same chassis as its petrol-powered brothers. This is in stark contrast to the similar offerings from Mercedes-Benz and Audi competitors that are based on a dedicated gas-powered EV chassis or have no relation to their combustion equivalents. In terms of technical specifications and spare numbers, the new car will be offered with a four-wheel drive engine and a 101.7 kWh battery that the company says has a capacity of up to 500 kilometers. To put that into context, the Tesla Model S has a capacity of up to 402 miles, while the Mercedes-Benz EQS can travel up to 350 miles on a single charge.
While the speed of the BMW i7 is slower than most of Tesla’s two rival models, Lucid and Mercedes-Benz, it makes up for it in terms of dropout. The car is powered by twin electric motors with a combined power of 536 driven wheels and 549 pounds of torque. BMW claims that the car can run from 0 to 100 km/h in about 4.5 seconds. In terms of technology, the car represents a large fabric curve stretching from the steering wheel to panel level and running BMW’s iDrive control software. One of the two main interior highlights is a massive 31.3-inch 8K theater screen with Amazon Fire TV.
On the outside, the window features a traditional BMW front-grade rim, delineated by a clear LED crystal glass. Embora’s new rim-quality design has been criticized by some observers, with the company saying its customers want their cars to look inconsistently like BMW, suggesting it’s improvisation for the odd design language to disappear. O BMW The i7 xDrive60 has an initial price of US$120,295 and is available for pre-sale starting today. Deliveries are due to start earlier this year, although no specific date has yet been set.