Here come the haters.
Bavaria's finest engineers have been working on the all-new S-Class rival, the BMW 7 Series, but this generation is special. In response to the Mercedes EQS sedan, BMW is working on its first electric luxury flagship too, called the BMW i7. As a totally new model, extensive camouflage has covered all test mules we've seen so far but thankfully, BMW has also provided us with some teasers and is now giving us another while also announcing when we can expect the new 7 Series models to be revealed. April 20 is the day and 08:00 EST is the time. As is convenient these days, the reveal will happen online as part of a digital world premiere.
BMW CEO, Oliver Zipse, and the brand's head of design, Adrian van Hooydonk, will present the new vehicles to the masses, but until then, BMW isn't telling us anything more. That's okay though because we've already been told quite a bit. For a start, the panoramic glass roof will now incorporate LED light threads that will make nighttime traveling so much more special, but you'll only notice this design element if you can tear your eyes away from the new BMW Theatre Screen that will descend from the roof at the touch of a button. Measuring 31 inches and boasting 8K resolution, the back seat of an i7 will be better than a business class seat on a Fly Emirates 'plane.
What about those sitting in front? They can fiddle with a new light and function strip in the dash called the Interaction Bar. This glass element incorporates various vehicle controls and provides ambient lighting that curves into the doors. In addition, iDrive 8 operating software is coming for a brilliantly polished infotainment experience. If you don't care much about technology, the good news for the driver is that the i7 will launch as the most powerful 7 Series variant ever. While the 2022 model's 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 could manage 601 horsepower, the all-electric newcomer will blow all predecessors away with around 610 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque, if not more. All will be revealed on Wednesday.