A new report suggests a new BMW electric sedan based on the 7 Series will arrive in 2022.
By 2025, BMW plans to offer as many as 12 fully electric vehicles to take on Tesla, including the iX3 crossover, i4 sedan, and iNext SUV, but many models have yet to be announced. The automaker has already trademarked model names for the i1 to i9 and iX1 to iX9, but this doesn’t necessarily mean all of these models will enter production. However, BMWBlog claims an electric model with the i7 moniker could arrive in 2022 according to its sources in Munich.
According to the publication, the BMW i7 will be the equivalent to an electric 7 Series. Details are still scarce, but the timing suggests it could be an electric version of the next-generation 7 Series sedan, which is scheduled to arrive at around the same time. Engineers are reportedly "working round the clock” to make sure customers "won’t be disappointed in the range the car offers.”
The hefty size of an electric 7 Series means the car will need a heavy set of batteries and some powerful electric motors. BMW is already working on its fifth-generation battery technology using research from its participation in Formula E, which should lead to more efficient electric motors. BMW is reportedly targeting a range of around 370 miles based on the new WLTP testing procedure.
In terms of performance, the BMW i7 is tipped to have around 650 hp on tap, which would make it one of the most powerful cars the Bavarian automaker has ever made. We’re probably going to have to wait a few years for the i7 to be announced, but it hopefully won’t be long until some spy shots of prototypes undergoing testing emerge.